B. H. Roberts and the Book of Mormon

TitleB. H. Roberts and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsMadsen, Truman G.
EditorReynolds, Noel B.
Book TitleBook of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins
PublisherReligious Studies Center, Brigham Young University
CityProvo, UT
KeywordsAnachronism; Ancient America; Archaeology; B.H. Roberts; Conversion; Doctrine; Historicity; Joseph Smith; Literary Criticism; Missionary Work; Scripture Study; Three Witnesses; Translation

In this article Madsen introduces B. H. Roberts and presents a synopsis of his rigorous life-time study of the Book of Mormon. Roberts approached the Book of Mormon from many different perspectives, all adding to his conviction that it was authentic scripture. The article explores these perspectives and suggests that B. H. Roberts's five- decade probing of the book was "shrewd," "ground-breaking, " and faith-promoting. Through Roberts the modern reader can come to understand the kind of challenge the Book of Mormon poses for an honest inquirer and how one can tiy to deal with that challenge.