- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: 1811 Press LLC (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939179009
- ISBN-13: 978-1939179005
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book of Mormon Book of Lies Paperback – October 16, 2012
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"Book of Mormon:Book of Lies" was meticulously researched and a number of the final conclusions are beyond reproach. The undeniable fact is that virtually every meaningful story in the Book of Mormon has a close parallel in either the 1818 edition of "The Travels of Marco Polo" or a small number of other travel journals published in the early 1800's. In addition, the stories in the Book of Mormon are (for the most part) in the exact same order and nearly the exact same locations as their parallels in the Travels of Marco Polo. The number of parallel stories between the Book of Mormon and Marco Polo is absolutely staggering and includes many of the most significant and beloved portions of the LDS Church's primary book of scripture.
In addition, "Book of Mormon:Book of Lies" provides an explanation for both the accurate and inaccurate battle and MesoAmerican culture descriptions in the Book of Mormon. I was genuinely amazed when Joseph Smith's errors (ie elephants, chariots, curloms, etc) were found in the same descriptions as the accurate battle and fortification descriptions.
On the con side, I believe the great contributions of the authors is somewhat obscured due to their attempts to make certain connections that did not seem reasonable or plausible. The number parallels and "caracter" discussions, for example, seemed tedious and often drew attention away from the truly remarkable discoveries contained in other pages. In addition, the inflammatory title of the book is unnecessary and likely to cause many potential readers to dismiss the book entirely prior to reading a single page.
The greatest contribution this book brings to the LDS origin discussion is the realization that virtually every story in the Book of Mormon has a close parallel in a travel journal that existed during the time Joseph was writing the book. Unfortunately, this fact is likely to be missed or ignored due to other, less plausible, conclusions and an unnecessarily inflammatory title.
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Their conjectures and conclusions are trivial at best.Read more
It's well-documented, research, and the conclusions are pretty devastating to believing latter day saints