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Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon
Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon
by Donald W. Parry
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best texts on Book of Mormon antiquity, September 26, 2006
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This is perhaps the best book on the Book of Mormon I have thus far, covering many evidences in favour of the historicity of the Book of Mormon volume.

One of my favourite papers in this anthology is John A Tvedtnes' essay on ancient documents conducive to Book of Mormon antiquity, with Tvedtnes showing that the elements in many Book of Mormon pericope (e.g., the varoius traditions associated with Joseph in Alma 46 and Joseph of Egypt's prophecy of Moses and Aaron in 2 Nephi 3 and JST Genesis 50).

John Gee refutes, soundly, the popular contention that the Book of Mormon is based on 19th century thought, showing that Ethan Smith's 1825 (2nd edition) View of the Hebrews, and the Spalding manuscript could not possibly have been the source of the Book of Mormon, notwithstanding critics such as Wayne Cowdry and David Persuitte.

John Sorenson's essay reveals the ancient Mesoamerican milleu of the Book of Mormon, such as material culture and other culutral links between Book of Mormon cultures and those of Mesoamerica.

S Kent Brown's essay focuses on the overwhelming evidences of Book of Mormon historicity from the Arabian Peninsula, such as the discoveries of the River of Laman, Valley of Lemuel, Nahom, and Bountiful.

There are other essays, focusing on the Semitic/ancient Middle Eastern setting of the Book of Mormon, and other factors.

This book is a MUST in any LDS library.


Traditions about the Early Life of Abraham (Brigham Young University - Studies in the Book of Abraham)
Traditions about the Early Life of Abraham (Brigham Young University - Studies in the Book of Abraham)
by John A. Tvedtnes
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient documentary evidence for the Book of Abraham, September 23, 2006
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Criticisms of the Book of Abraham, such as those from 1912 and since 1967 (e.g., Charles Larson's 1985 and 1992 editions of By hand upon papyrus) have often approached the Book of Abraham in a rather fallacious manner, claiming (incorrectly) that the papyri discovered in 1967 are the same papyri used for the translation of the Book of Abraham. Notwithstanding, many critics have avoided the question of whether the contents of the Book of Abraham, that have many elements of Abrahamic lore non-existant in the Biblical texts, plausibility. This volume by Tvedtnes et al., reveals that all these elements have, in differing gradiants, ancient textual support, texts that could not have possibly been known to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the 1800's. Indeed, this book will long be on the "must ignore" list of all self-respecting anti-Mormons for many years to come. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended for those wishing to learn the true nature of the Book of Abraham, that of a true scriptural text translated by a true prophet of God, the ignorant protestations of critics notwithstanding.
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Mormonism - Shadow or Reality?
Mormonism - Shadow or Reality?
by Jerald and Sandra Tanner
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2 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, September 23, 2006
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This book is THE anti-Mormon book of all time by perhaps the best-known ex-Mormons. Notwithstanding, it has many flaws. For example, the Tanners criticise Joseph Smith for having made changes to the revelations from the 1833 "A book of Commandments" and the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. What they ignore is that the Bible, a text that, as Evengelicals, they believe to be inerrant, is replete with prophets editing their revelations and the revelations of other prophets. THis is clear when one reads Jeremiah 36:28-32b; compare the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) of Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5; and compare Jeremiah 52 with 2 Kings 24-25 and Isaiah 36-39 with 2 Kings 18:13-20:19. If Jeremiah, Moses, and Isaiah can do such, why is it so problematic that Joseph Smith did the same thing as previous prophets of the Lord?

This is just one brief example of the many flaws as contained in this book. I welcome back feedback at irishlds87@yahoo.com
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In the Footsteps of Lehi: New Evidence for Lehi's Journey Across Arabia to Bountiful
In the Footsteps of Lehi: New Evidence for Lehi's Journey Across Arabia to Bountiful
by Warren P. Aston
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bountiful and Nahom discovered, September 23, 2006
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The book by the Astons is a MUST in any LDS library. Notwithstanding being only 88 pages, a fraction of the size of other excellent texts on Book of Mormon historicity (e.g., Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon), the Astons show that the account of the journey in the Arabian Peninsula as described in the Book of Mormon is entirely plausible, showing that the Book of Mormon sites Nahom (1 Nephi 16:34) and Bountiful (1 Nephi 17:5) can actually be mapped in the Arabian Peninsula, something beyond the capabilities of any 19th century American scholar, let alone Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and others, let alone Ethan Smith and Solomon Spalding! Indeed, the only logical conclusion to the overwhelming evidences conducive to Book of Mormon authenticity is that the author of FIrst Nephi was someone who made the journey through Arabia, not Joseph Smith.


Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons
Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons
by Ron Rhodes
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9 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new under the sun, September 20, 2006
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This book by Ron Rhodes and Marian Bodine is nothing short of a series of straw-man argumentation and non sequiturs, alongside scriptural eisegesis (and I say this as someone qualified in theology). In one of his claims, he asserts that the hill in New York is THE Hill Cumorah of the Book of Mormon. There are a number of things wrong with this. While some have accepted such to be the case, the internal geography of the Book of Mormon refutes such. The Book of Mormon makes clear that the demise of both the Jaredites and the Nephites took place near the narrow neck of land. Yet New York is thousands of miles away from any plausible configuration that could be described as this narrow neck of land. Thus the scripture itself rules out the idea that the Nephites perished near Palmyra, and that the hill in New York was not known as Cumorah until 1835, becoming a namesake. Furthermore, Mormon 6:6 claims that the records Mormon had, except the plates he gave his son, Moroni, which would be the source of the Book of Mormon, were buried in Cumorah, revealing that the final resting place of the Book of Mormon plates is notthe same hill as the Cumorah of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon's internal geography, material culture, and so forth, gives 15 main characterisitcs of either the Hill Cumorah or the surrounding area:

· Cities in the vicinity of the hill
· Towers or steeped pyramids for religious purposes
· Efficient agriculture
· Metallurgy
· Formal political states
· Organised religion
· Idolatry at certain times
· Craft specilisation
· Trade
· Writing
· Weaponry in the immediate vicinity of the Hill
· Astonomy
· Calander
· Cement
· Wheels

With the exception of crafts and trade, of which there were but little, the vicinity of Palmyra vicinity does not match up to the criteria above. Indeed, most serious Book of Mormon scholars have shown that all Book of Mormon events fit the milleau of Mesoamerica, namely southern Mexico, Northern Guatamala, and some models, Belize. Contra some popular belief, however, most models have little, if any, overlap with Maya areas. The hill that best matches the Book of Mormon's Hill Cumorah is Cerro Vigia in Southern Mexico, fitting all the criteria above. Indeed, even weaponry has been found around the general vicinity of the hill. Full archaeological digs there still has to be undertaken, and one must keep in mind the difficulties pertinent to archaeological searches in Mesoamerica, and the inherent difficulties attendant to the fact that Mesoamerican cultures built on top of the ruins of conquered nations and destroyed all their records. Notwithstanding, the relationship between the Book of Mormon and Mesoamerica reveals great promise, with patience being the key.

Much more could be said about the misrepresentations to the teachings, scriptue, and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One such claim is that no Book of Mormon sites, independent of the Biblical texts, have been discovered. Again, this is flawed. Nahom and Bountiful (1 Nephi 16:34; 17:5) have been discoverd in the Arabian Peninsula (e.g., see "In the footsteps of Lehi" [Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Books, 1994] by the Astons). Indeed, a review of the book can be found at my Website, and I welcome feedback at irishlds87@yahoo.com
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The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Mormon
The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Mormon
by Ron Rhodes
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171 of 234 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reveals Rhodes' long-standing ignorance of "Mormonism", September 20, 2006
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I have read much of what Ron Rhodes has produced on the topic of The Church of jesus christ of Latter-day Saints ("Mormon Church"), such as his 1995 book, co-authored with Marian Bodine, entitled "Reasoning from the scriptures with the Mormons." Rhodes, and many of his co-religionists, rely too much on out-dated anti-Mormon criticisms. Time will not allow me to deal with all the mistakes in this text, but I will deal with one specific issue that reveals that Rhodes did not bother to even read the Book of Mormon prior to writing this text.

In an attempt to show that the Book of Mormon contradicts Mormon theology, Rhodes claims that the Book of Mormon's use of the phrase, "Great Spirit" to describe God is in conflict with D&C 130, where God is said to be anthropormorphic and embodied. Notwithstanding, the use of the phrase, "Great Spirit" in Alma 18 and other areas was Ammon's way of communicating the concept of God to someone who knew of Deity under the title of "Great Spirit." In addition, in alma 18:2-3, the people mistook Ammon for the "Great Spirit" notwithstanding the fact that he was plainly corporeal! This blows Rhodes'out of the water!

Furthermore, Rhodes also claims that Alma 31:15, where God is said to be only a spirit and will remain a spirit for all eternity contradicts Mormon theology. However, this serve to show he has not read the Book of Mormon volume. Had he actually done so, he would have realised that Alma 31 is part of a prayer by a group of apostates, the Zoramites, whose prayer is condemned as anathema in Alma 32 and elsewhere.

This book is not for knowledgable Mormons, but those who know next to nothing about "Mormonism."

I welcome sincere feedback at Robert.S.Boylan@nuim.ie
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Lehi in the Wilderness: 81 New Documented Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is a True History
Lehi in the Wilderness: 81 New Documented Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is a True History
by George Potter
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Mormon and the Arabian Peninsula, December 21, 2005
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If it were all a fraud, the Book of Mormon would have NO evidences supporting its claims. Like all works of fiction, all its unique places would be non-existent, and so forth.

However, this book has demonstrated that the Book of Mormon is far from a work of 19th centiry fiction by an uneducated farmboy and/or a group of conspirators (e.g. Sidney Rigdon et al).

The authors show that the detail of the Arabian Peninsula in the text, still derided by critics as impossibilities (e.g. see the book "Mormon claims answered") are strong evidences of the text's authenticity, with Shazer, Nahom, the River of Laman and Valley of Lemuel and Bountiful all being in the right location, all consistent with the detail of the first book in the volume, the First Book of Nephi.

This book is a must for Book of Mormon evidences, as it shows that the only logical conclusion is that the author of First Nephi could only be an individual that made the journey described in the text - that is, the author was Nephi, not Jpsep Smith nor anyone else from 1830 America.


A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri
A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri
by John Gee
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important though incomplete analysis of the Book of Abraham, December 21, 2005
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John Gee's short tome on the Book of Abraham is a must in any LDS library, as it gives, albeit, a short description of the issues at hand, such as the Book of Breathings, the facsimiles, and so forth.

The only short-coming of the book is that Gee could have gone into much greater detail, such as a more detailed discussion of the issues of the facsimiles such critics as Thompson, the Tanners and Larson have raised in their articles and books.

Notwithstanding, this is the place to start to get an idea of the evidences and criticisms of the Book of Abraham.


A Challenge to the Critics: Scholarly Evidences of the Book of Mormon
A Challenge to the Critics: Scholarly Evidences of the Book of Mormon
by Diane E. Wirth
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the Book of Mormon!, December 21, 2005
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Wirth offers a short yet detailed and well documented response to critics of the historicity of the Book of Mormon volume, while presenting powerful evidences in favour of the text's history, such as the weights mentioned in Alma 11 having direct etymoligical links to Egyptian, Stele 5 in Mesoamerica, animals in the Book of Mormon, chiasmus, and much more.
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"A Plainer Translation" Joseph Smiths Translation of the Bible - A History and Commentary
"A Plainer Translation" Joseph Smiths Translation of the Bible - A History and Commentary
by Robert J. Matthews
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Book on the JST, December 21, 2005
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Although this book is about 30 years old, it is perhaps THE book to own with regards to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.

Matthews offers a detailed analysis of the history of the JST's production, variants in the manuscript history and the nature of the JST.


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