By Hugh Nibley
A hundred years in the past, the e-book of Mormon was once seemed through the scholarly international as a wierd textual content that easily didn't healthy their figuring out of the traditional global. considering that that point, despite the fact that, quite a few historic files have come to mild, together with the useless Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi texts. those discoveries have compelled students to alter their perspectives of historical past, and so they position the e-book of Mormon in a brand new mild as well.
That is why revered Latter-day Saint pupil Hugh Nibley wrote Since Cumorah, an excellent literary, theological, and historic evaluate of the e-book of Mormon as an historic booklet. Drawing upon a mess of Hebrew, Coptic, and early Christian texts, Dr. Nibley appears at either the heritage and the textual content of the ebook of Mormon. He compares the e-book of Mormon with the Bible, the Apocrypha, and the documents of the primitive church and comparable or apostate teams. He examines its philologically; that's, he examines its language and literature and their courting. He offers with a few medical questions that it poses. traditionally, he covers significant occasions, comparable to the good earthquake; prophetic figures, comparable to Zenos; and wars, specifically throughout the army profession of Moroni. eventually, he discusses the publication of Mormon as prophecy: its issues, warnings, and promises.
Since Cumorah has develop into, considering the fact that its first printing, a regular in ebook of Mormon scholarship. during this re-creation, the textual content and notes were checked and reedited, and the editors have restored huge blocks of fabric released within the journal model of this paintings yet no longer incorporated within the first version of the book.
Although Dr. Nibley stresses that our wisdom of the traditional global will stay eternally tentative, he exhibits that the publication as soon as ridiculed by way of students has a correct to be taken heavily and to be reevaluated in gentle of the records chanced on because the ebook of the booklet of Mormon.