Book of Mormon Resources

For nearly two decades, Greg Kofford Books has had the privilege of working with the finest Latter-day Saint scholars to publish award-winning books on scripture, theology, history, and cultural topics. We are pleased to offer below a list of titles related to the Book of Mormon that will enhance and enrich your Come Follow Me study of the sacred Restoration text this year. All titles are available for purchase through our website as well as through Amazon, Deseret Book, and select retailers.


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The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon's Missing Stories
Completing nearly fifteen years of research, historian Don Bradley's stunning scholarship pieces together many of the Book of Mormon's missing stories using internal textual evidence as well as external archival evidence. Bradley's persuasive conclusions not only inform us about the missing pages, but also offer rich insight into the existing Book of Mormon.

Engraven Upon Plates, Printed Upon Paper: Textual and Narrative Structures of the Book of Mormon
While taking seriously the implications for what it means for this book of scripture to be a translation of an ancient record written by historical persons, Brant Gardner explores the translation process of the Book of Mormon, analyzing three compositional layers: the nineteenth-century text, the Nephite Book of Mormon, and the Nephite writers and their sources.

The Plates of Mormon: A Book of Mormon Study Edition Based on Textual and Narrative Structures in the English Translation
Offers a new perspective on this book of scripture by seeking to align its English translation with the inaccessible golden plates from which that translation was made. Punctuation and paragraphing are revisited and updated based on the insights of Engraven Upon Plates, Printed Upon Paper, with the small plates books separated from the main text as Mormon originally had them.


Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon (Six-Volumes) 
Brant Gardner's celebrated Second Witness is the definitive commentary series on the Book of Mormon. Gardner offers deep textual analysis paired with solid historical and anthropological research that is a must-have for any serious study of the Book of Mormon. A perfect supplement to the 2020 Come Follow Me curriculum.

The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi's Record
Drawing on the best of biblical and Latter-day Saint scholarship, BYU Assistant Professor of Ancient Religion, Joseph M. Spencer, delivers an insightful, reader-friendly analysis of Nephi's use of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon. Spencer's twenty-five lectures successfully argue that understanding Nephi's use of Isaiah is crucial for understanding the Book of Mormon.


The Anatomy of Book of Mormon Theology, Volume One
In this first volume, Joseph M. Spencer gathers early essays in which he gestures toward theological interpretation without knowing how to defend it; essays about why theology is important to Book of Mormon scholarship and how to ensure that it does not overstep its boundaries; and essays that do theological work on the Book of Mormon in relatively obvious ways or with relatively traditional topics. 

The Anatomy of Book of Mormon Theology, Volume Two
The essays in this volume ask about what new worlds might be discovered in doing theological work on the Book of Mormon, focusing on what Joseph M. Spencer calls “microscopic” and “macroscopic” theological readings of the text. Essays in the first set examine no more than a verse of the Book of Mormon—more often just a single phrase or two—to see what theological implications lie within the details of the text. The second set of essays ask questions about the shape and intentions of the whole of the Book of Mormon

Beholding the Tree of Life: A Rabbinic Approach to the Book of Mormon
Renowned interfaith scholar Bradley J. Kramer offers a fresh perspective of the Book of Mormon using centuries-old study techniques developed by post-Talmudic rabbis and Jewish scholars. Kramer provides the tools for a deep reading of the Book of Mormon that adds layers of meaning and strengthens its connection to ancient Hebrew scripture.


Gathered in One: How the Book of Mormon Counters Anti-Semitism in the New Testament
Bradley J. Kramer's much-anticipated follow-up to Beholding the Tree of Life tackles the problem of language and ideas in the New Testament that have been used to justify anti-Semitic attitudes throughout the centuries. Kramer expertly examines problematic readings of the New Testament and contrasts them with the Book of Mormon's decisively pro-Jewish stance.

The 1920 Edition of the Book of Mormon: A Centennial Adventure in Latter-day Saint Book History
A publication history of the 1920 edition of the Book of Mormon, which was used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for six decades. Provides a detailed history of the lengthy process to publish the volume and subsequent reprintings, as well as a detailed bibliography to identify precisely which of the many printings a particular copy may be of.

As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture
Edited by Julie M. Smith, this thoughtful anthology creatively grapples with the sometimes contradictory ideas found throughout the Latter-day Saint standard works by placing key Biblical and Book of Mormon figures into conversations that, while imagined, remain true to the scriptures. Examples include Amulek and Alma discussing the Atonement (Joseph M. Spencer), Joseph of Egypt and Nephi discussing rivalry and reconciliation (Heather Hardy), and Mormon and Israel debating the topic of wealth (Walker Wright).

The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon
Brant Gardner's compelling scholarship addresses the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith's translation process, use of a seer stone, and his probable influence on the text. The Gift and Power offers a solidly-researched, faith-affirming response in support of the revelatory origin of the Book of Mormon.


Traditions of the Fathers: The Book of Mormon as History
Building on decades of research, renowned anthropologist Brant Gardner offers the most comprehensive and compelling evidence to date for a Mesoamerican setting of the Book of Mormon. Using the tools of cultural and social anthropology, Garnder's findings bring the Book of Mormon people to life, enriching our reading of the sacred Restoration text.


The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts
Selected from Utah Valley University's annual Mormon Studies Conference, this anthology presents a unique examination of the Latter-day Saint scriptural canon from the perspectives of renowned Latter-day Saint and non-Latter-day Saint scholars. Contributors include David F. Holland, Claudia Bushman, Grant Hardy, Richard L. Bushman, Ann Taves, Brian Hauglid, David Bokovoy, and others.


Who Are the Children of Lehi? DNA and the Book of Mormon
Using vetted genetic research, D. Jeffrey Meldrum and Trent D. Stephens, experts in anatomy, anthropology, and embryology, examine the merits and challenges of using DNA-based interpretations to either support or discredit the historicity of the Book of Mormon. This short, well-rounded book is perfect for understanding the complexity of the DNA issue while affirming a faithful approach to the Book of Mormon.