Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass

The Art of Telling Tales about Joseph Smith and Brigham Young


The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1). Since then, the terms “tinkling cymbals” and “sounding brass” have often been used to signify words of emptiness and confusion – describing perfectly most writings critical of the Latter-day Saints. Trained in history and interested in classical rhetoric, Hugh Nibley brings a broad perspective to his study of anti-Mormon writings.

About the Author

Hugh Nibley

A new "Nibley Library" page is currently under construction that will feature Nibley treasures untold. In the meantime, here's a list of Nibley's contributions to FARMS and the Maxwell Institute over the years.  Hugh Nibley was one of the most gifted scholars in the LDS Church. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and completed his PhD as a University Fellow at UC Berkeley. He taught at Claremont College in California before serving in military intelligence in World War II. From 1946 until his death in 2005, he was associated with and taught at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: Responding to the Critics
  • No, Ma'am, That's Not History: A Brief Review of Mrs. Brodie's Reluctant Vindication of a Prophet She Seeks to Expose
  • A Note on F. M. Brodie
  • Censoring the Joseph Smith Story
  • The Myth Makers Part 1, Scene i: The Crime of Being a Prophet
  • The Myth Makers Part 1, Scene ii: The Crime of Being a Prophet
  • The Myth Makers Part 1, Scene iii: The Crime of Being a Prophet
  • The Myth Makers Part 2, Scene i: Digging in the Dark
  • The Myth Makers Part 2, Scene ii: Digging in the Dark
  • The Myth Makers Part 3: The Greek Psalter Mystery or Mr. Caswall Meets the Press
  • Sounding Brass Introduction
  • Sounding Brass Part 1: "In My Mind's Eye, Horatio . . . "
  • Sounding Brass Part 2: The Two-Faced Monster
  • Sounding Brass Part 3: How to Write an Anti-Mormon Book (A Handbook for Beginners)
  • Sounding Brass Part 4: It Fairly Sears the Screen—A Romance You Will Never Forget!!
  • Sounding Brass Part 5: Is There a Danite in the House? You Never Know.
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Hugh Nibley
  • Publication Year: 1991
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875795164
  • Page Count: 768
  • Price: $ 49.95
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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