The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction


With over one hundred forty million copies in print, and serving because the relevant proselytizing instrument of 1 of the world's quickest becoming faiths, the ebook of Mormon is surely the most influential non secular texts produced within the western global. Written by means of Terryl Givens, a number one authority on Mormonism, this compact quantity bargains the one concise, available creation to this remarkable paintings.

Givens examines the booklet of Mormon initially by way of the claims that its narrators make for its ancient genesis, its goal as a sacred textual content, and its that means for an viewers which shifts over the process the heritage it unfolds. the writer strains 5 governing subject matters in particular--revelation, Christ, Zion, scripture, and covenant--and analyzes the Book's imperative doctrines and teachings. a few of these resonate with prevalent nineteenth-century non secular preoccupations; others encompass radical and unforeseen takes on subject matters from the autumn of guy to Christ's mortal ministries and the which means of atonement. Givens additionally offers samples of a solid of characters that quantity within the 1000s, and analyzes consultant passages from a piece that encompasses tragedy, poetry, sermons, visions, kinfolk histories and army chronicles. ultimately, this advent surveys the contested origins and creation of a piece held by way of thousands to be scripture, and stories the scholarly debates that handle questions of the record's historicity.

Here then is an obtainable advisor to what's, through any degree, an necessary key to realizing Mormonism. however it can also be an creation to a compelling and intricate textual content that's too usually overshadowed via the controversies that encompass it.

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