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An Approach to the Book of Mormon (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley) Hardcover – March, 1988

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Product Details

  • Series: Collected Works of Hugh Nibley (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 541 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co; 3 Sub edition (March 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875791387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875791388
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This powerfully insightful book was, and is, so enlightening that Joseph Fielding Smith (10th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) himself said that it ought to be studied by all members of the Church. Indeed, it should!
It establishes, well beyond any shadow or shade of uncertainty, that the Book of Mormon, if not Divine Scripture, is at least a perfectly representative document of historical Middle East literature; strictly accurate in every respect, and fitting perfectly into the socio-political framework of 600 B.C.
Without embellishing or distorted the facts, Dr. Nibley presents all of the various aspects of life in the Middle East circa 600 B.C., according to the established findings of both Mormon and non-Mormon research. He then demonstrates how flawlessly the Book of Mormon squares with these facts.
And, indeed, the Book of Mormon has even the support of Holy Writ. Namely, the Bible, as he demonstrates in his chapter on Ezekiel's prophecy (Ezekiel 37:15-20). Ezekiel's "Stick of Joseph" is shown primarily to be the Book of Mormon, taken from the "hand of Ephraim"--Joseph Smith being a descendant of Ephraim--and joined together with the "Stick of Judah," the Bible.
Moreover, the Book of Mormon, Dr. Nibley proves, was not only a work of writing above and beyond anything Joseph Smith--who had no more than 3 years of public schooling to his credit--could have produced, it was above and beyond anything anyone could have produced in the early 19th century!
Dr. Nibley also furnishes examples of how the Book of Mormon sheds light on the tactics of humanists, skeptics, anti-religionists, and outspoken unbelievers in general.
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This work is an eye opener to the wonders of ancient manuscript study. Dr. Nibley has shown through erudite research how one can truly provide authentic evidence for the Book of Mormon by paralleling it with ancient historical data unknown to any 19th century Westerner when the text first appeared. One is amazed at the bountiful truth which is received on the antiquity and authenticity of a text when a scholar pursues meticulous quests into the writings of the ancient world for answers. Truly, Nibley has given the world more logical defense for the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ.
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As with any book that is written as a commentary or a study assistant, you should read the source of the commentary, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I find the informatin in Mr. Nibley's book very interesting. It opened up some thought processes that have enriched my study of The Book of Mormon. I would highly Recommend it to all who seek to enrich their own study of The Book of Mormon.
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this book was offered as used - but actualy is 'like new'
The knowledge, education and thorough years of research attained by this brilliant profesor of ancient history, philosopher and theologist, is a great contribution to the human mind and thought. His is not always an easy perusal - but if read carefully and conscientiously, studied and searched, yeids a great contribution in ones knowledge and understanding. For one who has long been an admirer and student of Hugh Nibley his interpretive writing and in depth research are an addtiion to all true scripture where ever they may be found.
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Format: Hardcover
It is hard to believe that this was used as a manual for priesthood meetings! It is a wonderful book and helps anyone wishing to study the Book of Mormon to get a good perspective on what the book has to offer and how to approach it. This is not a text providing a narrative study of the Book of Mormon. Nor is it a book that tries to provide evidences of its truth.

Instead, Nibley writes for people who already have a testimony of its truth and provides an approach to help us deal with Lehi and his descendants as real people. He helps us see them in real and human settings rather than as stock characters in a set piece drama. We are taught about life in the desert. We explore what wilderness means. Nibley even talks about the implications of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were fairly new in the 1950s, and how they enrich the message of the Book of Mormon.

The author also talks about the fallen societies of the Book of Mormon and they ways in which trying to judge this gift and revelation from God by human standards of criticism is a dangerous path to follow. There is also a wonderful appendix about the way archaeological studies can mislead as much as they can inform and to warn the unwary. The book also has many helpful notes and an index.

Very much worth studying and re-reading.
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This is the beginning point for an in-depth study of the Book of Mormon and the many details missed in an average reading of the book. No one will be disappointed with the content and will learn many important truths about Jesus the Christ.
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