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

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

Paul C. Gutjahr


Late one evening in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr., was once reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate long island via an angel named Moroni. in response to Smith, Moroni informed him of a buried stack of gold plates that have been inscribed with a heritage of the Americas' old peoples, and which might repair the natural Gospel message as Jesus had brought it to them. hence started the not likely 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 diversified lines of Mormonism and reworked spiritual expression all over the world.

Gutjahr appears to be like at how the Book of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate big apple, the place revivalist preachers, missionaries, and non secular marketers of each stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers desirous to scratch a dwelling from the land. He examines how a publication that has lengthy been the topic of ridicule--Mark Twain referred to as it "chloroform in print"--has greater than a hundred and fifty million copies in print in additional than 100 languages around the globe. Gutjahr indicates how Smith's influential ebook introduced one of many quickest transforming into new religions on this planet, and has featured in every little thing from comedian books and motion figures to feature-length movies and an award-winning Broadway musical.

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