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The "Book of Mormon": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

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Publisher Comments:

"Paul Gutjahr has written the perfect book on the Book of Mormon: fascinating, forthright, empathetic, critical, and discerning. Gutjahr employs his sheer intellectual curiosity to produce a lively, enlightening history that deftly circles among Joseph Smith, Mormons, and critics as though they were themselves engaged in an intelligent civil conversation. The result is an ideal guide to the life of a now-iconic American religious text."--Jon Butler, Yale University

"There can be no doubt that the Book of Mormon is among the most influential books in American history. Gutjahr's clear, compelling narrative traces this influence from the book's American beginnings through translations, migrations, and cultural adaptations into its global twenty-first century. Gutjahr treats his subject with respect, thoughtfulness, appreciation, scholarly rigor, and intellectual curiosity. Mormons and non-Mormons alike will find his book fascinating, freshly informative, and a pleasure to read."--Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl

"With impressive command of detail rendered in lucid, accessible prose, Paul Gutjahr has produced a marvelously informative account of the Book of Mormon from its origins to the present. This is a very useful book for understanding American religious history."--Randall Balmer, author of The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond

"This probing and engaging study surveys the history, use, translation, and adaptation into other media of the Book of Mormon. I know of nothing else quite like it. Religious traditions change over time, and controlling a sacred text plays an important role in the self-identity of the community. Gutjahr explains not simply how changes in the text took place, but why."--Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, editor of American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings

"Paul Gutjahr's book offers a well-written, balanced summary of much of the scholarship on the Book of Mormon, and presents new insights and lesser-known information as well."--Richard Lyman Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

Review:

"A very helpful introduction to a perplexing but increasingly visible religious text." --Bryce Christensen, Booklist

Review:

"Gutjahr’s account leaves one with considerable appreciation for the enduring value of the Book of Mormon. Like all sacred texts, it bears a deep human imprint, but this simply underscores the fact that within any religion that lasts, the spiritual is intertwined with the perplexing, often messy realities of everyday life." --Wade Clark Roof, Pacific Standard Review

Review:

"In the epilogue Gutjahr points out that as the Church works to maintain control and ownership of its sacred text, the Book of Mormon is becoming more and more a part of American culture. Gutjahr’s biography is one more confirmation that interest in the Book of Mormon is expanding well beyond "the borders of Zion” --Jeff Needle, Association for Mormon Letters Board

Review:

"Gutjahr has read widely in both Mormon and non-Mormon sources, and he has taken the trouble to get the basic facts right (something that is more difficult to do than you might imagine; those of us who have grown up with these stories can sometimes forget how complicated they are for outsiders.) As a scholar, Gutjahr tries to be fair to both believers and skeptics in their attempts to explain the origins of this remarkable text, but he clearly takes faith seriously and respectfully." --Grant Hardy, Meridian Magazine

Review:

"Outsiders may be skeptical of a holy book written on gold plates unearthed in an Upstate New York field by a migrant farmer almost 200 years ago, but the Book of Mormon is here to stay." --Justin Moyer, The Washington Post

Synopsis:

"Paul Gutjahr has written the perfect book on the Book of Mormon: fascinating, forthright, empathetic, critical, and discerning. Gutjahr employs his sheer intellectual curiosity to produce a lively, enlightening history that deftly circles among Joseph Smith, Mormons, and critics as though they were themselves engaged in an intelligent civil conversation. The result is an ideal guide to the life of a now-iconic American religious text."--Jon Butler, Yale University

"There can be no doubt that the Book of Mormon is among the most influential books in American history. Gutjahr's clear, compelling narrative traces this influence from the book's American beginnings through translations, migrations, and cultural adaptations into its global twenty-first century. Gutjahr treats his subject with respect, thoughtfulness, appreciation, scholarly rigor, and intellectual curiosity. Mormons and non-Mormons alike will find his book fascinating, freshly informative, and a pleasure to read."--Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl

"With impressive command of detail rendered in lucid, accessible prose, Paul Gutjahr has produced a marvelously informative account of the Book of Mormon from its origins to the present. This is a very useful book for understanding American religious history."--Randall Balmer, author of The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond

"This probing and engaging study surveys the history, use, translation, and adaptation into other media of the Book of Mormon. I know of nothing else quite like it. Religious traditions change over time, and controlling a sacred text plays an important role in the self-identity of the community. Gutjahr explains not simply how changes in the text took place, but why."--Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, editor of American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings

"Paul Gutjahr's book offers a well-written, balanced summary of much of the scholarship on the Book of Mormon, and presents new insights and lesser-known information as well."--Richard Lyman Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

Synopsis:

Late one night in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr., was reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate New York by an angel named Moroni. According to Smith, Moroni told him of a buried stack of gold plates that were inscribed with a history of the Americas' ancient peoples, and which would restore the pure Gospel message as Jesus had delivered it to them. Thus began the unlikely career of the Book of Mormon, the founding text of the Mormon religion, and perhaps the most important sacred text ever to originate in the United States. Here Paul Gutjahr traces the life of this book as it has formed and fractured different strains of Mormonism and transformed religious expression around the world.

Gutjahr looks at how the Book of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate New York, where revivalist preachers, missionaries, and spiritual entrepreneurs of every stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers desperate to scratch a living from the land. He examines how a book that has long been the subject of ridicule--Mark Twain called it "chloroform in print"--has more than 150 million copies in print in more than a hundred languages worldwide. Gutjahr shows how Smith's influential book launched one of the fastest growing new religions on the planet, and has featured in everything from comic books and action figures to feature-length films and an award-winning Broadway musical.

About the Author

Paul C. Gutjahr is professor of English at Indiana University. His books include "Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy" and "An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880".

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

A Note on Usage xix

Part I: Germination 1

Prologue 3

Chapter 1: Joseph’s Gold Bible 11

Chapter 2: Holy Writ or Humbug? 38

Part II: Budding 59

Chapter 3 Multiplying Prophets 61

Chapter 4 Great Basin Saints and

The Book 86

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691144801
Author:
Gutjahr, Paul C
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Gutjahr, Paul C.
Subject:
Mormonism
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones. 1 table.
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.5 in

Related Subjects


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"Review" by , "A very helpful introduction to a perplexing but increasingly visible religious text." --
"Review" by , "Gutjahr’s account leaves one with considerable appreciation for the enduring value of the Book of Mormon. Like all sacred texts, it bears a deep human imprint, but this simply underscores the fact that within any religion that lasts, the spiritual is intertwined with the perplexing, often messy realities of everyday life." --
"Review" by , "In the epilogue Gutjahr points out that as the Church works to maintain control and ownership of its sacred text, the Book of Mormon is becoming more and more a part of American culture. Gutjahr’s biography is one more confirmation that interest in the Book of Mormon is expanding well beyond "the borders of Zion” --
"Review" by , "Gutjahr has read widely in both Mormon and non-Mormon sources, and he has taken the trouble to get the basic facts right (something that is more difficult to do than you might imagine; those of us who have grown up with these stories can sometimes forget how complicated they are for outsiders.) As a scholar, Gutjahr tries to be fair to both believers and skeptics in their attempts to explain the origins of this remarkable text, but he clearly takes faith seriously and respectfully." --
"Review" by , "Outsiders may be skeptical of a holy book written on gold plates unearthed in an Upstate New York field by a migrant farmer almost 200 years ago, but the Book of Mormon is here to stay." --
"Synopsis" by , "Paul Gutjahr has written the perfect book on the Book of Mormon: fascinating, forthright, empathetic, critical, and discerning. Gutjahr employs his sheer intellectual curiosity to produce a lively, enlightening history that deftly circles among Joseph Smith, Mormons, and critics as though they were themselves engaged in an intelligent civil conversation. The result is an ideal guide to the life of a now-iconic American religious text."--Jon Butler, Yale University

"There can be no doubt that the Book of Mormon is among the most influential books in American history. Gutjahr's clear, compelling narrative traces this influence from the book's American beginnings through translations, migrations, and cultural adaptations into its global twenty-first century. Gutjahr treats his subject with respect, thoughtfulness, appreciation, scholarly rigor, and intellectual curiosity. Mormons and non-Mormons alike will find his book fascinating, freshly informative, and a pleasure to read."--Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl

"With impressive command of detail rendered in lucid, accessible prose, Paul Gutjahr has produced a marvelously informative account of the Book of Mormon from its origins to the present. This is a very useful book for understanding American religious history."--Randall Balmer, author of The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond

"This probing and engaging study surveys the history, use, translation, and adaptation into other media of the Book of Mormon. I know of nothing else quite like it. Religious traditions change over time, and controlling a sacred text plays an important role in the self-identity of the community. Gutjahr explains not simply how changes in the text took place, but why."--Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, editor of American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings

"Paul Gutjahr's book offers a well-written, balanced summary of much of the scholarship on the Book of Mormon, and presents new insights and lesser-known information as well."--Richard Lyman Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

"Synopsis" by , Late one night in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr., was reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate New York by an angel named Moroni. According to Smith, Moroni told him of a buried stack of gold plates that were inscribed with a history of the Americas' ancient peoples, and which would restore the pure Gospel message as Jesus had delivered it to them. Thus began the unlikely career of the Book of Mormon, the founding text of the Mormon religion, and perhaps the most important sacred text ever to originate in the United States. Here Paul Gutjahr traces the life of this book as it has formed and fractured different strains of Mormonism and transformed religious expression around the world.

Gutjahr looks at how the Book of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate New York, where revivalist preachers, missionaries, and spiritual entrepreneurs of every stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers desperate to scratch a living from the land. He examines how a book that has long been the subject of ridicule--Mark Twain called it "chloroform in print"--has more than 150 million copies in print in more than a hundred languages worldwide. Gutjahr shows how Smith's influential book launched one of the fastest growing new religions on the planet, and has featured in everything from comic books and action figures to feature-length films and an award-winning Broadway musical.

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