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By the Hand of MormonThe American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513818X.001.0001

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“Out of the Dust”: The Book of Mormon Comes Forth

“Out of the Dust”: The Book of Mormon Comes Forth

(p.43) Two “Out of the Dust”: The Book of Mormon Comes Forth
By the Hand of Mormon

Terryl L. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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The Book of Mormon narrates how Lehi, a Jewish prophet, migrated to the Western Hemisphere with his clan and established a colony there, whose leaders maintained a history of their religious, political, and military history for the next thousand years. Eventually the followers of Christ, Nephites, were exterminated by their apostate brethren the Lamanites, while being led by Mormon and Moroni, great generals and final record keepers of the gold plates. The Book is structurally complex, and suffused with references to and teachings about Jesus Christ, even recording his visit to the Americas after his Jerusalem resurrection. Initial reception of the Book of Mormon was tepid.

Keywords:   Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ (in America), gold plates, Lamanites, Lehi, Mormon, Moroni, Nephites

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