By Hugh Nibley
A hundred years in the past, the publication of Mormon used to be looked through the scholarly international as a wierd textual content that easily didn't healthy their figuring out of the traditional international. for the reason that that point, notwithstanding, various historic files have come to gentle, together with the lifeless Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi texts. those discoveries have compelled students to alter their perspectives of background, and so they position the booklet of Mormon in a brand new mild as well.
That is why revered Latter-day Saint pupil Hugh Nibley wrote Since Cumorah, a super literary, theological, and old evaluate of the publication of Mormon as an old ebook. Drawing upon a large number of Hebrew, Coptic, and early Christian texts, Dr. Nibley appears to be like at either the heritage and the textual content of the publication of Mormon. He compares the ebook of Mormon with the Bible, the Apocrypha, and the documents of the primitive church and similar or apostate teams. He examines its philologically; that's, he examines its language and literature and their courting. He bargains with a few clinical questions that it poses. traditionally, he covers significant occasions, akin to the nice earthquake; prophetic figures, equivalent to Zenos; and wars, in particular throughout the army profession of Moroni. ultimately, he discusses the publication of Mormon as prophecy: its topics, warnings, and promises.
Since Cumorah has develop into, seeing that its first printing, a regular in e-book of Mormon scholarship. during this re-creation, the textual content and notes were checked and reedited, and the editors have restored big blocks of fabric released within the journal model of this paintings yet now not incorporated within the first version of the book.
Although Dr. Nibley stresses that our wisdom of the traditional global will stay ceaselessly tentative, he exhibits that the booklet as soon as ridiculed by way of students has a correct to be taken heavily and to be reevaluated in gentle of the records found because the e-book of the ebook of Mormon.
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