By Paul C. Gutjahr
Late one evening in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr., used to be reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate manhattan by means of an angel named Moroni. in accordance with Smith, Moroni informed him of a buried stack of gold plates that have been inscribed with a background of the Americas' historic peoples, and which might restoration the natural Gospel message as Jesus had added it to them. therefore started the not going occupation of the Book of Mormon, the founding textual content of the Mormon faith, and maybe crucial sacred textual content ever to originate within the usa. right here Paul Gutjahr strains the lifetime of this publication because it has shaped and fractured diverse lines of Mormonism and reworked non secular expression all over the world.
Gutjahr seems at how the Book of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate long island, the place revivalist preachers, missionaries, and religious marketers of each stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers eager to scratch a residing from the land. He examines how a e-book that has lengthy been the topic of ridicule--Mark Twain known as it "chloroform in print"--has greater than one hundred fifty million copies in print in additional than 100 languages world wide. Gutjahr indicates how Smith's influential booklet introduced one of many quickest starting to be new religions on the earth, and has featured in every little thing from comedian books and motion figures to feature-length motion pictures and an award-winning Broadway musical.
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Van Wagoner, Richard S. Mormon Polygamy: A historical past. 2d ed. Salt Lake urban, UT: Signature Books, 1989. very important REFERENCE WORKS ON MORMONISM AND THE booklet OF MORMON Grunder, Rick. Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic resource. CD-rom. 1st ed. LaFayette, new york: Rick Grunder, 2008. Howard, Richard P. recovery Scriptures: A research in their Textual improvement. second ed. Independence, MO: usher in Publishing condominium, 1995. Ludlow, Daniel H. , ed. Encyclopedia of Mormonism. four vols. manhattan: Macmillan, 1992. Parry, Donald W. , Jeanette W. Miller, and Sandra A. Thorne, eds. A complete Annotated booklet of Mormon Bibliography. Provo, UT: study Press, 1996. shares, Hugh supply. “The booklet of Mormon, 1830–1879: A Publishing heritage. ” Master’s thesis, collage of California, la, 1979. ———. “The e-book of Mormon in English, 1870–1920: A Publishing heritage and Analytical Bibliography. ” PhD diss. , college of California, la, 1986. Whittaker, David J. Mormon Americana: A advisor to resources and Collections within the usa. Provo, UT: BYU reports, 1995. INDEX Africa, 120–123, 193, 194, 229n22 Allred, Michael, 175–177 American Bible Society, three, five “America’s Witness for Christ,” 188–190, 192 An historical American atmosphere for the booklet of Mormon, 139 Anderson, Robert, 54–55 Angola, 123 Anthon, Charles, 19–20 Arabic script, 131 Armitage, William T. , one hundred fifty five Aztec tradition, 156–157, 238n5 baptism for the lifeless, sixty seven, eighty one, ninety nine Baptists, thirteen, forty two, forty four Beaman, Louisa, 66–67 Beaver Island, seventy five, seventy eight Belize, 141, 156 Benjamin, King (in publication of Mormon), forty-one, fifty six Benson, Ezra Taft, 107–110, 119, one hundred thirty five, 153, 227n46 Bernaducci, Lorenzo Borturini, 156 Bible, three, five, 15, 35–37, seventy two, 124–125, 149, 194, 203 ebook of Mormon formatting like, 34, 95–100, 149 as corrupted textual content, 37, ninety three, ninety seven significance of in Mormonism, 97–101, a hundred and five, a hundred and ten as delusion, a hundred Joseph Smith Jr. ’s revision of, 62–63, seventy seven, 81–82 Bickerton, William, seventy two Bickertonites, sixty nine, seventy two, seventy eight booklet of Commandments, sixty two, seventy seven booklet of Lehi, four, 20, 26 e-book of Mormon: and motion figures, 199 and archaeology, 100–103, 165–166 authorship of, 45–58 binding of, five, 132–133 British variants of, 87–89, ninety three, 201–202 adjustments within the textual content of, 63–64, 90–91, 95–98 chiasmic constitution of, 129 and Christology, eight copyright of, 31, 198–199, 210n1 Danish translation of, 116–117 Deseret translation of, 93–94, 223n8 distribution of, nine, 87–88, 132–136 footnotes in, ninety five, ninety seven foreign-language translation of, 116–120, 123–131, 205–208 formatting of, 88–98, 149 index in, 88 jap version of, 131, 198 restricted geography conception of, 141–143 missionary use of, 113–136 modern-language model of, eighty three, 202 narrative constitution of, 34, 151 paper utilized in, 132 printing of, five, nine, 29–32, 87–92, 117, 131, 198 purity of, 37 quad layout of, 203 RLDS variations of, 82–83, 199, 202 RLDS place on, 81–85 Spanish translation of, 125–126 prestige of in American society, nine, 150–152, 195 stereotyped variants of, 89, ninety one identify web page of, 6, 30 translation of into English, five, sixteen, 18–26, eighty three, 127 triple structure of, 203 utilization of between Mormons, 84–85, 96–100, 105–109, 134–136 witnesses to, 28, forty six The publication of Mormon, the Broadway musical, 192–195 The publication of Mormon motion picture, Vol.