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The Book of Mormon as an Ancient Book
TitleThe Book of Mormon as an Ancient Book
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsGriggs, C. Wilfred
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
Volume22
Issue3
Pagination259-277
KeywordsHistoricity
Abstract

The major weakness of the criticisms that attempt to deny the authenticity of the Book of Mormon is the one-dimensional approach taken to problems which the Book of Mormon presents. The assumption that any parallels between the world of Joseph Smith and the world of the Book of Mormon, real or imagined (e.g., the similaritiesto the account of the dream of Joseph Smith, Sr., in the case of the former, and the superficial points of contact with Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews in the case of the latter), are sufficient to discredit the Book of Mormon is naive. The challenge of the Book of Mormon lies elsewhere. It claims to be an ancient book, and it must be examined and criticized in terms of this claim.

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