The Book, the Words of the Book: What the Book of Mormon Says about Its Own Coming Forth


The Book, the Words of the Book: What the Book of Mormon Says about Its Own Coming Forth

TitleThe Book, the Words of the Book: What the Book of Mormon Says about Its Own Coming Forth
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSpencer, Joseph
JournalReligious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination65-81
KeywordsBook of Mormon, Early Church History, Translation, Prophecy, 2 Nephi 27:15-20, Historicity, Moroni, Isaiah, Charles Anthon, Anthon Transcript, Early Church History
Abstract

Joseph Smith famously claimed that the Book of Mormon is “the most correct of any book on earth.” There are several ways that this statement can be understood. It is usually taken to mean that the principles and doctrines contained in the Book of Mormon are trustworthy, that the history recounted in the volume is real, or that the divinely orchestrated way the book was transmitted to the modern world ensured its freedom from corruption. Perhaps a fourth interpretation deserves consideration. Unlike biblical scripture, the Book of Mormon constantly explains to its readers its divine purposes, the sources from which it was produced, and the circumstances surrounding its coming forth. Perhaps part of what makes this book so correct is this element of self-awareness. Certainly, readers of this incomparable volume of scripture would do well to pay close attention to everything the Book of Mormon has to say about itself. It not only is scripture, but it tells us a good deal about what it means for it to be scripture.

URLhttps://rsc.byu.edu/archived/re-17-no-1-2016/book-words-book-what-book-mormon-says-about-its-own-coming-forth
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