Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon
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Published September 30th 2007 by Greg Kofford Books, Inc.
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Jolie
Is it terrible to add a shameless promotion for my Dad's book? I am currently reading this, and if you are interested in a scholarly, comprehensive commentary on the Book of Mormon, this one really is great. He takes a look at the Book of Mormon, verse by verse, discusses the importance of everything from cultural context to translation issues, and uses those things to enhance doctrinal understanding.

Yay, Dad!
Christian Larsen
If you are looking for a commentary on the Book of Mormon, this one outstrips them all. Without exaggeration, every other commentary set (especially the 4-vol McConkie/Millet set) is going to appear useless and superficial in comparison. Gardner uses everything at his disposal, from literary criticism and early manuscripts of the Book of Mormon to Mesoamerican cultural and archaeological findings to inform his commentary. It is not just trite fluff, devotional ramblings, or regurgitation of Gene...more
Kevin Christensen
To enhance our Sunday School reading of the Book of Mormon, I'm going through Brant's six volume commentary. I'm pleased to see that he makes powerful use of Margaret Barker's work, supplimenting her insights with other non-LDS scholars, notably William Dever and Mark Smith. And many more. He provides a wide-ranging survey and provides fresh insights throughout. It's not just more of the same.
Keri
This is the first in a great series that teaches of and explains the Book of Mormon in a way that will bring greater historical and doctrinal understanding to the Book of Mormon.
Aaron
This book was a great start to what, so far at least, has been a great commentary. Someone needs to put together a synthesis of all of the great scholarship that has been done on the Book of Mormon in the past two or three decades. The book should go verse by verse through the Book of Mormon, very similar to what Mr. Gardner has done here, but should summarize briefly the various (sometimes conflicting) commentary that has been generated by FARMS/Maxwell Institute and in other scholarly publicat...more
Kent
Solid. I wish there were more information on each verse, and perhaps less speculation. Still, this is extremely useful, a huge step forward in Mormon commentaries -- just not to the level of non-Mormon biblical commentaries.
Meagan
maybe i'm biased, but I'm finding the commentary easy to read and very informative. It's a well rounded and comprehensive commentary on the book of mormon. It makes you think about the book in a whole new way.
Brenda
This is the first in a new series of Book of Mormon commentaries. Highly recommended.
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