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Book of Mormon
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
1830 Book of Mormon A research resource presented by the (Christian) Institute for Religious Research
3,913 Changes in the Book of Mormon Researched by Jerald and Sandra Tanner
American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormons Dan Vogel and Brent Lee Metcalfe (Editors). Note: Thomas Murphy, the author of one essay in this book, risked being excommunicated from the Mormon church because of claims made in the article.
Consider the Book of Mormon, first published in 1830. The nature of this volume-in particular its claim to antiquity-is the theme of nine ground-breaking essays in American Apocrypha. Thomas W. Murphy discusses the Book of Mormon's view that American Indians are descendants of ancient Hebrews. In recent DNA tests, Native Americans have proven to be of Siberian ancestry and not of ancient Jewish or Middle Eastern descent. Nor is the Book of Mormon a traditional translation from an ancient document, writes David P. Wright, indicated by the underlying Hebrew in the book's Isaiah passages. Other contributors to American Apocrypha explore the evolution of ideas in the Book of Mormon during the course of its dictation.
Source: Back Cover
An Approach to the Book of Mormon by Mormon apologist, Hugh Nibley
Having Visions: The Book of Mormon Subtitled, "Translated and Exposed in Plain English". By Susan Stansfield Wolverton (a pen name).
In 1992 Wallace B. Smith, a former president of the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints and direct descendant of Joseph, wrote, "One thing is clear. The genie is out of the bottle and it cannot be put back. Facts uncovered and the questions raised by the new Mormon historians will not go away. They will have to be dealt with if we are to maintain a position of honesty and integrity in our dealings with our own members as well as our friends in the larger religious community."
Source: Book Listing at the publisher's website.
Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Ralston Martin, Ravi Zacharias (General Editor). Includes a lengthy chapter on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a detailed look at the Book of Mormon. Excellent standard work, highly recommended.
Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church by Simon G. Southerton
Plant geneticist Simon Southerton was a Mormon bishop in Brisbane, Australia, when he woke up the morning of Aug. 3, 1998, to the shattering conclusion that his knowledge of science made it impossible for him to believe any longer in the Book of Mormon.
Two years later he started writing "Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA and the Mormon Church," published by Signature Books and due in stores next month. Along the way, he found a world of scholarship that has led him to conclude The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints belief is changing, but not through prophesy and revelation.
Rather, Southerton sees a behind-the-scenes revolution led by a small group of Brigham Young University scholars and their critics who are reinterpreting fundamental teachings of the Book of Mormon in light of DNA research findings. Along the way, he says, these apologist scholars, with the apparent blessing of church leadership, are contradicting church teachings about the origins of American Indians and Polynesians.
Source: Science challenges Mormon beliefs, Associated Press, July 24, 2004
New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology Brent Lee Metcalfe (Editor) Ten contemporary scholars discuss whether the Book of Mormon is a translation of ancient scripture, or is a nineteenth-century creation of Joseph Smith.
The New Mormon Challenge "Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement" by Francis Beckwith, Carl Mosser, Paul Owen (General Editors). Collection of essays examining current Mormon claims and defenses. Includes a chapter on the Book of Mormon.
Studies of the Book of Mormon by B.H. Roberts (Editor)
Incredible as it may seem to many Latter-day Saints, Brigham H. Roberts (1857-1933), an LDS General Authority widely considered Mormonism's greatest apologist and historian,1 expressed the grave doubt that the Book of Mormon is a translation of ancient scripture. Elder Roberts reached this conclusion after his research uncovered extensive evidence that Joseph Smith borrowed the basic plot and many details from other books. This evidence — long suppressed because it is considered harmful to the Mormon Church — is presented in detail in three essays by Roberts, now published as Studies of the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1992).
Source: Book Review: Studies of the Book of Mormon, by Joel B. Groat
Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormom: The Spalding Enigma by Wayne Cowdrey (Editor)
Book of Mormon (1830 edition) Scanned images of the original 1830 Book of Mormon. (Made available by Mormons in Transition, a Christian website that offers research resources on Mormonism.
Book of Mormon Searchable.
Book of Mormon Current edition, posted at the official site of the Mormon Church. See also: research resources on the Book of Mormon
The Changing World of Mormonism by Jerald and Sandra Tanner. Includes a chapter on the Book of Mormon.
How to Witness to Mormons by Jerry and Dianna Benson. Include a chapter on the Book of Mormon.
Mormon Claims Answered by Marvin Cowan. Chapter 4 deals with the Book of Mormon
Where Does It Say That?
Scanned pages of original Mormon historical sources, such as the first edition of the Book of Mormon, Journal of Discourses, and rare 19th century Mormon newspapers and diaries, that document the Adam-God doctrine, prophecies of Joseph Smith, the various First Vision accounts, etc.
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