The volume presents the essentials of the printing history of the Book of Mormon: the circumstances under which each edition was produced and the deveThe volume presents the essentials of the printing history of the Book of Mormon: the circumstances under which each edition was produced and the developments (or setbacks) of the formatting, presentation, and text of each edition. Nicely illustrated with color images from each edition, this slim volume is, I believe, one of the nicest products ever produced by Deseret Book....more
Many believe the Book of Mormon to be a forgery of one kind or another--not an ancient record kept by prophets, engraved on plates, and brought forthMany believe the Book of Mormon to be a forgery of one kind or another--not an ancient record kept by prophets, engraved on plates, and brought forth and translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Bennett tackles the many objections to the Book of Mormon--all revolving around the Book's authenticity (or lack of it). Bennett begins by providing some background on a couple of real forgeries: the Howard Hughes diaries and the the Howard Hughes will. He develops some concepts to be used in testing forgeries and then applies these to the Book of Mormon.
The objections and their refutations are woven through a fairly detailed overview of the Book of Mormon and the three main stories it contains: The Nephite and Lamanites story, the Mulekite's story, and lastly that of the Jaredites. Each of these represents a separate migration from the near east to the new world. While Bennett does a nice job of handling each of the objections, I do wonder who his audience really is. Is it mainstream Christians, non-believers, or Mormons? I think this book addresses all three audiences. ...more
Most books attempting to determine the geography of the Book of Mormon have located it in Meso-America. Now for something completely different: “NephiMost books attempting to determine the geography of the Book of Mormon have located it in Meso-America. Now for something completely different: “Nephi in the Promised Land: More Evidences That the Book of Mormon is a True History" sets the Book of Mormon in Peru.
Potter has assembled a variety of parallels and similarities between the geography and culture depicted in the Book of Mormon and that of the Native American culture of ancient Peru. Historical accounts, mythology, geography, archaeological evidence, and linguistics are all brought to bear in Potter’s argument. There are many very interesting facts presented throughout this book. Yet despite the study that has clearly gone into this book, the resulting text is less than convincing.
Although generally attractive in its design and illustrated with many photographs and maps, I found that the horizontal oblong format was awkward to hold and read and the maps are often grainy and of poor quality. While the endnotes and handsome bibliography are useful, one wonders at the complete omission of an index. Unfortunately, this is really more of a "coffee table" book than anything else. Despite the research and documentation, the numerous parallels presented here smack more of a Sunday evening fireside than a serious academic study. ...more