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An Approach to the Book of Mormon (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley) Hardcover – March, 1988
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Dr. Nibley really makes you see things with brand new eyes. His insights are the results ou years of study . . . which his readers are the beneficiaries!Published 2 months ago by BeaRug58
Hugh Nibley is a very intelligent and I would buy more books from this author in the future.Published 11 months ago by Ryan Trusty
If you are a Mormon, I want you to know that I respect your open mindedness in reading my review. I also want you to know that I don't think the LDS Church is a cult; nor do I... Read morePublished on May 7, 2007 by Wanderer