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Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Grant Hardy


While the significance of the Book of Mormon in American history and religion is universally acknowledged, its complicated narrative can be bewildering to outsiders. In addition, controversy over its historical claims tends to overshadow its contents. This book argues that whether the Book of Mormon is approached as history, fiction, or scripture, focusing on its narrative structure, and in particular on the contributions of the major narrators, allows for more comprehensive, detailed readings. The Book of Mormon is nearly unique among recent world scriptures in that it is presented as a lengt ... More

Keywords: Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, scripture, American religion, narrative, narrators, Nephi, Mormon, Moroni, literary techniques

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grant Hardy, author
University of North Carolina, Asheville
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