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By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Terryl L. Givens


This book assesses the tempestuous impact and reception history of the Book of Mormon, produced by Joseph Smith in 1830, and the primary scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints. Givens describes the book's role as a divine testament of the Last Days and as a sacred sign of Joseph Smith's status as a modern‐day prophet. He reviews its claims to be a history of the pre‐Columbian peopling of the Western Hemisphere, first by a small Old World group in the era of Babel, and later by Israelites from Jerusalem in the age of Jeremiah. Givens explores how the Book of Mormon has bee ... More

Keywords: Book of Mormon, Canon, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints, Israelites, Mormonism, revelation, scripture, Smith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138184
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019513818X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terryl L. Givens, author
University of Richmond, Virginia
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