Translating the Book of Mormon December 31 2013
by Brant A. Gardner
"...a game changer—a paradigm-bending exercise combining rigorous methodology with creativity in a historical analysis of the Book of Mormon translation story.... Go read this wonderful, provocative, creative book.... I can’t recommend The Gift and Power:Translating the Book of Mormonenough.” — Blair Hodges, Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Dead Wood and Rushing Water: Essays on Mormon Faith, Culture, and Family
by Boyd Jay Petersen
This reflective essay collection from Hugh Nibley biographer Boyd Petersen includes a thoughtful and insightful treatment of translation, "The Mystery of the Gold Plates: the Origins of the Book of Mormon and the Life of Faith." Joseph Smith biographer Richard Bushman writes ofDead Wood and Rushing Water, "It is a book I had trouble putting down."
by Davis Bitton
This intimate look at the Prophet historian Davis Bitton examines differing images of and perspectives on Joseph Smith. It includes an insightful chapter on Joseph Smith's relationship to the Book of Mormon text he was translating. Bitton died just before completing Knowing Brother Joseph, but he left us with a thoughtful account of, in his words, "some of the different, flickering, but not always compatible views" people held of the prophet, "refracted through the lens of their own experience."
The translation of the Book of Mormon is also examined in Brant Gardners 6-Volume Second Witness series, as well as Volume 1 of the Book of Mormon Symposium Series from Brigham Young University.
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