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The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism's Most Controversial Scripture

Terryl Givens and Brian Hauglid


This book narrates the history of Mormonism’s fourth volume of scripture, canonized in 1880. The book tracks this work’s predecessors, describes its several components, and assesses their theological significance in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Four principal parts are discussed, along with the controversies associated with each. The Book of Moses purports to be a Mosaic narrative missing from the biblical version of Moses’s purported writings. Little noticed in the scholarship on Mormonism, these chapters, produced only months after the Book of Mormon was published, actual ... More

Keywords: Book of Moses, Book of Abraham, First Vision, Articles of Faith, Egyptian papyri, Joseph Smith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190603861
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190603861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terryl Givens, author
Senior Research Fellow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University

Brian Hauglid, author
Associate Professor and Visiting Scholar, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University

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