A few nights ago, in the sleepy haze that follows nightly prayer but precedes full unconsciousness, Mrs. MC and I discussed how we discipline our kids, what we might change, etc. Nowadays, no right-thinking parent ever defends corporal punishment, even if they sometimes practice it. It’s time outs, privileges withheld, that’s it. (more…)
Here are some books about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. (Written from a faithful persepctive.)
Doubleday edition of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (Hardcover). ISBN 038551316X. This is a recent, but not the current, official edition of the Book of Mormon, without footnotes, and it has no index. Has a pronouncing guide, and a brief reference guide in the back.
Original 1830 edition. paperback. ISBN: 0976402513.
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Paperback) Richard Lyman Bushman. ISBN: 1400077532. I like this book. It’s written from a faithful perspective, and from a scholarly perspective that makes it palatable for non-members to get an even-handed and non-proselyting delivery of the story of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. If you (LDS or non-LDS) have an intellectual curiosity about the history of Joseph Smith and the early church, this is the book for you.
The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (Paperback) Grant Hardy (Editor). ISBN: 025207341X. This book is the 1830 edition (no break-down into verses), typeset in a way that makes for easy reading, and sets aparts the quotes. The “reading appearance” makes it more of a regular read as opposed to “reading scripture.”
The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (Hardcover) Grant Hardy (Editor). ISBN: 0252027973.
The Book of Mormon Movie – Volume 1 – The Journey. Most of it is cheesey and unprofessional, but it’s a landmark. Some of the scenes are real groaners, but this movie was a major step taken in dramatizing the Book of Mormon. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND buying this for historical purposes. And, there are actually a couple good scenes in it. ASIN: B0002ER5VQ. Also look for it on ebay.
Book of Mormon. Facsimile Reprint of 1830 First Edition (Hardcover). ASIN: B000HP2QQY.
Book of Mormon: 1830 Replica Edition (Leather Bound). ISBN: 0929753208.
The Book of Mormon – The Earliest Text. Edited by Royal Skousen. ISBN: 0300142188. “Royal Skousen has single-handedly brought the textual analysis of the Book of Mormon to a professional level on par with the finest classical and biblical scholarship. This volume is the culmination of his labors, and it is the most textually significant edition since Joseph Smith’s work was first published in 1830. It takes us back to the original manuscript (as best we can reconstruct it) and sometimes beyond, to the very words that were first spoken by Joseph Smith to his scribes.”-Grant Hardy, from the Introduction. == Completely redesigned and typeset by nationally award-winning typographer Jonathan Saltzman, this new edition has been reformatted in sense-lines, making the text much more logical and pleasurable to read. Featuring a lucid introduction by historian Grant Hardy, the Yale edition serves not only as the most accurate version of the Book of Mormon ever published but also as an illuminating entryway into a vital religious tradition.
Did you hear about the GI whose breast-pocket copy of the Book of Mormon stopped a bullet? Because nothing gets through Second Nephi, ha, ha!
Just a little levity, such as is common amongst us hardy scripturatteurs.
Without further ado, let us get down to the thingummy. Ah, the res. (more…)
If you don’t mind my saying so, us scripture wonks have been wonking away like nobody’s business. We don’t positively demand your gratitude. But a simple “well done, Wooster et al.!” would not come amiss. (more…)
What ho, what ho, what ho! Another day for us scripture nibs to gather round and chew the fat, or palaver if you prefer, all under the presiding auspices of Dan Peterson as our genial presiding deity. (more…)
Oh, I say, dash it! Dan Peterson is hosting an open discussion of the Book of Mormon, one chapter a day. It’s open to anyone who wants to contribute, nibs and us jolly old regular chappies alike. (He explains the project here). To date, if that’s the expression I want, the contributions have been quite fruity. Good, if you know what I mean.
The first week’s discussions are listed below by yours truly. On the advice of Jeeves, I’ve included a taste of Dan Peterson’s thought for each chapter, by way of whetting the old appetite. Toodle-oo and bon appetit! (more…)
After the requisite soul-searching and angst and all that, Nephi cut off Laban’s head, snicker-snack. He probably did not know at the time that he was setting up a type of Christ. (more…)
I’ve never agreed with those who have a problem with God assigning Nephi to be Laban’s executioner. God has the power to give life, and to take life. Why should we have a problem with the method by which God chooses to take a life? (One can easily infer a couple of good purposes or reasons for having Nephi be the one to shed Laban’s blood, but that’s another topic.)
After the olive orchard parable in Jacob 5, the prophet Jacob comments in Jacob 6:4–
And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long . . . .
This is so cool.
As much as I dislike putting more money in the pockets of the producers, Parker and Stone, this is excellent thinking on the part of the church’s PR department.
It seems to me to be perfect targeting of people who are already thinking about what the LDS church really believes and what’s really in the Book of Mormon.
Like Brigham Young said, you can only kick the church up stairs, never downstairs. Or, in other words, there ain’t no such thing as bad publicity.
To repeat what others have written elsewhere, the musical, with it’s vulgarity, profanity and blasphemy, is not something devout members of any religion would want to see. But many converts do come from a worldly background. If you want to convert the Philistines, you have to go where they presently are.
If my notes and markings are accurate, I’m on my 13th reading of the entire Book of Mormon.
I concur with what many proponents of scipture-reading say, that one gains new insights with each reading.
My reading schedule has coincided with the church’s Sunday School’s Gospel Doctrine class. I have read not only the reading assignments, but the entire work being studied in the assigned year. Though for the last few years, I have ignored the reading sequence given in the lessons, and read the work (OT, NT, BoM, D&C) simply from front to back.
Given that the OT is a big reading chore in itself, I usually take two years to read the Book of Mormon while also reading the entire OT and NT during those two years of the cycle. Then read the BoM again during the year the BoM is studied, and again during the year that the Doctrine and Covenants is studied. Hence, during the four year Sunday School cycle, I read the OT once, the NT once, the D&C once, and the Book of Mormon three times.
It wasn’t until about the seventh time through the Book of Mormon (and several times through the OT and NT) that I finally overcame the seeming disconnect in the Gospel between the Old Testament and the New Testament. (more…)
The nature of the relationship btween the Mulekites and the Lamanites became a little clearer to me recently while reading the Book of Mormon this year.
In Omni verses 12 and 13 we read that the 1st King Mosiah led some of the Nephites out of the land of Nephi, took them on a journey and discovered the land and people of Zarahemla. Mosiah and his people then joined up with the Zarahemla-ites, also known as Mulekites. Mulek, son of Zedekiah King of Judah, was the principal of that group of immigrants (Mosiah 25:2, Helaman 6:10).
At that point, the Nephites had already had a long tradition of wars with the Lamanites.
It finally occured to me that since the Nephites were “new” to the Mulekites, so also were the Lamanites.
In Omni 24 we read that by the time the first Mosiah’s son Benjamin is king, the combined Nephites/Mulekites have had a war with the Lamanites.
In this, I see the beginning of the resentment between the Mulekites and the Nephites, in that the Nephites in effect brought the Lamanites upon the Mulekites. In spite of the fact that the Mulekites (Zarahemla-ites) rejoiced over the Nephites bringing the Brass Plates (the Old Testament up through the time of Jeremiah), and a presumed restoration of the Hebrew language, along with a presumed restoration of Hebrew and Egyptian writing, the fact remains that had the Nephites not come to Zarahemla, the Lamanites would likely not have discovered Zarahemla and would have left them alone.
To me, this explains in large part why Mulekite dissenters and King-men were not reluctant to join or make league with the Lamanites later on in the Book of Mormon. The dissenting Mulekites likely saw the Lamanites as the Nephites’ enemy, not their’s.