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The Book of Mormon Paperback – October 3, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1619492462 ISBN-10: 1619492466

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Mormon Press (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492462
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,872 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holding an 1830 first edition of The Book of Mormon can stir the souls of bibliophiles and believers alike. -- The Salt Lake Tribune, October 3, 1998

Octavo editions give readers a firsthand experience of a milestone text: each includes page-by-page views, expert commentaries, and appropriate "marginalia." -- University of Chicago Magazine, October 2004

The copy used by Octavo is in extremely good condition and contains a rare four-page index tipped into the back. --Brigham Young University NewsNet, September 21, 1998 (lead story)

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Imaged from the collection of the Bridwell Library --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.

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The Book of Mormon testifies of the Savior Jesus Christ.
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306 of 373 people found the following review helpful By "Lament" on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a sociologist and member of the American Academy of Religion, I find most of the reviews of the Book of Mormon not be helpful, on the one hand, and kind of curious, on the other hand. Clearly, most are from partisans (either strongly for or against) and not about the text itself or as holy writ of a significant world religion to be accorded the kind of respect one would for sacred writings of other religions.

I am among those who (many years ago) received a free copy and read it, both as religious text and as literature. It is not the kind of reading one takes lightly or for fun (altho' apparently some read it for ridicule). But then, neither does one do so for the Bible or Upanshids or Koran, etc. As religious text I found it very interesting and worthy of study, as suggested by some major religious studies scholars, e.g., the eminent Jewish scholar Jacob Neusner and a prominent professor at Harvard Divinity (whose name escapes me for the moment). I found reading the Book of Mormon to be much more akin to the Bible than to such things as Calvin's "Institutes" and other systematic theologizing.

It is something one should read for oneself rather than decide on the basis of critics or supporters. It has many beautiful poetic passages and inspiring moral sermons, like some of the best sermons I have heard delivered by a few Protestant preachers.

Is it historically accurate? Is the Bible? Who knows? But the jury is still out on both of those. However, one should not read it as a history text but as a human story, as something that portrays principles about the human condition and human society as people pursue various values and beliefs.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By JillM on December 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The story in the Book of Mormon is semi-engaging, but bogged down in King James-esque language, and a fairly blatant ripoff of another fictional, contemporary book entitled The Late War, which the author, Joseph Smith Jr. obviously had read. Please take a look at this side-by-side comparison of the text of both books: http://wordtreefoundation.github.io/thelatewar/ . I don't admire those who plagiarize.

Joseph Smith claimed to have received visits from angels and deity, to have found golden plates (ancient records) buried for thousands of years, and to have translated the records on those plates into the text of the Book of Mormon. However, there is evidence to indicate he and his family were involved in folk-magic beliefs including the idea that chests of buried treasure moved magically through the hills of New York state, and could be found by looking through/at special stones (rocks) by one who had that gift. Joseph claimed to have this gift and hired himself out to those eager to find this buried treasure. Legal records at the time show Joseph Smith was convicted of being a "glass looker" and fined for the offense, when those who hired him reported him as a fraud.

LDS-approved artist renditions of the translation process show Joseph reading ancient characters from a stack of thin metal pages; however, written journal records of those involved, including his first wife, Emma, indicate that Joseph Smith did most of the "translating" by putting one of his stones in his hat and then putting his face into the hat, claiming to read the words aloud as they appeared in the hat, while someone else wrote them down. No one but Joseph Smith ever saw these golden plates, and according to the story, an angel took them back to heaven.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By John Nichols on December 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is quite possibly one if the worst works of fiction ever written. Don't waste your money on the illusions of a charlatan.
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85 of 105 people found the following review helpful By John Bradley on December 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Anachronisms and racism abound in a book that in all reality has very little to do with the current LDS church. The text reads much more like Methodist fan fiction then another testament it claims to be. The sixteenth century English sticks out like a sore thumb and there are more "And it came to pass" then the actual King James version. The central thesis of the book contends to be to convince the gentiles that Jesus is the Christ. I find this to be somewhat humorous because where Jesus makes his entrance he delivers absolutely nothing new that we couldn't have gotten from the text of the New Testament. In fact those chapters are lifted in large part word from word including the 1611 KJV mistakes that would have been eliminated if Joseph was translating the book from an actual historical record. There is nothing new in the book.

The only question the book tends to answer is the major theological contentions surrounding the second great awakening. Infant baptism is condemned but most theologians who are no longer wrestling with this question because it has been thoroughly dealt with in the literature.

The predictive powers of the book are also quite telling. Predicting most perfectly all the events that had already occurred up until the time the book was published, but the book is all together silent in making any other concrete prediction except that the the world may get more evil or other banal prophecy.

I have read this book more than ten times and it has made an particular mark on my life. As the great author Mark Twain opined, “All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the “elect” have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake.
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