The Book of Mormon and its relationship with the Bible
The Book of Mormon is an influential and controversial book. It launched a religious movement, is believed by millions to be scripture, and is derided by others as fraudulent. Despite this (or perhaps as a result), the book's contents have been subject to both academic neglect and popular myth.
This book challenges some of that neglect by examining the Book of Mormon through the lens of its relationship with the Bible: a work which the Book of Mormon openly quotes and expects to be read alongside, and the only text which everyone agrees is connected to the Book of Mormon.
Through close examination of the Book of Mormon text and biblical parallels, including three substantial case studies, this book addresses questions such as:
How and why does the Book of Mormon draw upon the Bible?
Why does the book quote parts of the Bible at great length?
Why do quotations often differ from their biblical counterparts?
How does the Book of Mormon suggest the Bible be read?
Also included in an appendix is a textual comparison of each explicit biblical quotation in the Book of Mormon with the KJV.
David J. Richards is curious about many things, but has had a particular interest in scriptural texts, and especially the Book of Mormon, on both a personal and an academic basis. He has written this book as the culmination of a lengthy period of postgraduate study.
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