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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.
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.
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
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