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An Imperfect Book: What the Book of Mormon Tells Us about Itself

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 A major theme in the Book of Mormon is the depiction of Native Americans as descendants of ancient Hebrews. Other prominent ideas are the restoration of pure Christianity to an apostate world, the visit of Jesus to the western hemisphere, and recurring cycles of ruin and renewal. All of this begs the question: “Is all of this true?” Wunderli has made an avocation of exami ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Signature Books (first published March 28th 2013)
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Jake
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an insightful new look at the Book of Mormon (BOM). Although it regurgitates internal issues raised by other researchers against Book of Mormon historical claims, it does add new insights. It pays little attention to external BOM issues (DNA, archaeology), and focuses instead on an analysis of internal issues presented by the BOM (vocabulary, use of the bible, anachronisms, population growth, etc.). It raises a number of very important questions about the historical claims this book of s ...more
Vaughn
Sep 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-give-up
Oops - guess the facts aren't so evident as this author would have us believe.....

http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-...
Tom Jenson
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend reading An Imperfect Book, by Earl Wunderli, to anyone interested in focusing in on what the text of the Book of Mormon says about its own origins.

Wunderli uses the text of the Book of Mormon itself as his evidence to explore its origins by looking at character/place names, word-use distribution, idioms, prophesies, subject matter, concepts, etc. He also does a great job at surveying the extensive history of scholarship on the Book of Mormon's authorship, geography, translatio
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Austin Archibald
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mormonism
This book loses the forest by focusing on so many insignificant trees. Clearly I'm biased, but I felt like so many arguments are dispelled by just properly understanding Joseph's 'translation' process. Of course the book will have its imperfections, but so many of these were exaggerated, and the author made leaps to make anything fit his paradigm. He tries to throw a wet blanket on any and every BoM strength or evidence which ultimately backfires and challenges his objectivity. I also did not fi ...more
Bobby
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Very good book that opened up a few new areas to me, sometimes hard to follow without knowing the Book of Mormon intimately myself, however very thought provoking.
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