Rediscovering the Book of Mormon

Insights that you may have missed before

John L. Sorenson

This book shares the exciting results of scholarly research on the Book of Mormon undertaken during the 1980s. As an ancient religious text and cultural artifact, the Book of Mormon rewards close analysis along many lines of inquiry. Twenty-three essays by prominent LDS scholars cover such topics as warfare, repentance, Exodus motifs, Hebraisms, kingship, politics, Isaiah, Mormon as editor, chiasmus, covenant renewal, and poetry.

These studies aim to demonstrate that the Book of Mormon contains complex patterns not previously recognized—that is, subtle patterns of style, ideas, history, and actions that, once made visible, shed much light on the power and beauty of the book and stimulate greater appreciation and respect for it.

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About the Editor

John L. Sorenson

John L. Sorenson (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Brigham Young University.

About the Author

John L. Sorenson

John L. Sorenson (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Nephi's Use of Lehi's Record
  • Mormon as Editor
  • Mormon's Editorial Promises
  • Colophons in the Book of Mormo
  • Nephi and the Exodus
  • Jacob and His Descendants as Authors
  • The Stealing of the Daughters of the Lamanites
  • The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon
  • Mourning, Consolation, and Repentance at Nahom
  • Poetry in the Book of Mormon
  • A Masterpiece: Alma 36
  • Book of Mormon Imagery
  • The Image of the Hand of God in the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
  • "Means unto Repentance": Unique Book of Mormon Insights into Christ's At-one-ment
  • The Ways of Remembrance
  • Jesus' Covenant Teachings in Third Nephi
  • The Gathering of Israel in the Book of Mormon: A Consistent Pattern
  • Isaiah-Key to the Book of Mormon
  • King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6
  • Nephi's Political Testament
  • The Covenant Tradition in the Book of Mormon
  • Warfare in the Book of Mormon
  • Seasons of War, Seasons of Peace in the Book of Mormon
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Year: 1991
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875793870
  • Page Count: 288
  • Price: $ 16.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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