By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion


With over a hundred million copies in print, the e-book of Mormon has spawned an unlimited spiritual flow, however it continues to be little mentioned outdoor Mormon circles. Now Terry L. Givens deals a full-length remedy of this influential paintings, illuminating the various meanings and tempestuous influence of this uniquely American scripture.
Givens examines the text's function as a divine testomony of the final Days and as a sacred signal of Joseph Smith's prestige as a modern day prophet. He assesses its declare to be a historical past of the pre-Columbian peopling of the Western Hemisphere, and later explores how the ebook has been outlined as a cultural product--the imaginitive ravings of a country religion-maker. Givens additional investigates its prestige as a brand new American Bible or 5th Gospel, person who displaces, helps, or, in a few perspectives, perverts the canonical notice of God. ultimately, Givens highlights the Book's position because the engine at the back of what may well develop into the subsequent international religion.
the main wide-ranging research at the topic open air Mormon presses, By the Hand of Mormon will fascinate a person enthusiastic about a spiritual those who, regardless of their numbers, stay strangers in our midst.

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