The Book of Mormon: Selections, Annotated & Explained [NOOK Book]


An inside look at the foundational sacred text of one of
the world's youngest and fastest growing religions
The Book of Mormon stands alongside the Bible as the keystone of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church/Mormonism). Translated by the prophet Joseph Smith from ancient writings inscribed on golden plates, the Book of Mormon is an account of people living in the Western Hemisphere in a timeline that parallels that of ...
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An inside look at the foundational sacred text of one of
the world's youngest and fastest growing religions
The Book of Mormon stands alongside the Bible as the keystone of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church/Mormonism). Translated by the prophet Joseph Smith from ancient writings inscribed on golden plates, the Book of Mormon is an account of people living in the Western Hemisphere in a timeline that parallels that of the Bible. It covers a thousand years of loss, discovery, war, peace, and spiritual principles that focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ, outlining a plan for salvation and the responsibilities we must assume to attain it.
The Book of Mormon: Selections Annotated & Explained explores this sacred epic that is cherished by more than twelve million members of the LDS church as the keystone of their faith. Probing the principal themes and historical foundation of this controversial and provocative narrative, Jana Riess focuses on key selections that offer insight into contemporary Mormon beliefs and scriptural emphases, such as the atonement of Christ, the nature of human freedom, the purpose of baptism, and the need for repentance from sin. She clarifies the religious, political, and historical events that take place in the ancient communities of the Book of Mormon and their underlying contemporary teachings that serve as the framework for spiritual practices that lie at the core of Mormon life.
Now you can experience this foundational sacred text even if you have no previous knowledge of Mormonism. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents the key teachings and essential concepts of the Mormon faith tradition with insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that helps to dispel many of the misconceptions that have surrounded the Book of Mormon since its publication in 1830.
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"Captures the spirit and gist of the distinctively Mormon scripture at one-tenth its length. Coupled with her informed, discerning, and accessible commentary, Riess's editorial accomplishment is an act of interreligious generosity."
Philip Barlow, ThD, author of Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion

“The most compelling, fascinating, and gracious approach to the Book of Mormon that I have seen. Transforms dozens of cryptic passages and symbols into powerful messages that make the Mormon story shine with the beauties and mysteries of God’s love.”
Mary Ford-Grabowsky, editor of Spiritual Writings on Mary: Annotated & Explained

“With her considerable historical and theological knowledge combined with her literary sensibilities, Jana Riess strikes precisely the right balance—an astute and sympathetic guide, not an overzealous proselytizer. Her informed and agile glosses help enormously in bringing the text to life.”
Randall Balmer, PhD, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of American Religion, Barnard College, Columbia University

“At last, a version of the Book of Mormon that is suitable in both size and content for the classroom.… Manages to leave the sense of the whole intact, while commentary provides a simple guide to Latter-day Saint belief. A very useful, even necessary supplement to the study of Mormonism.”
Kathleen Flake, PhD, assistant professor of American religious history, Vanderbilt Divinity School

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000936054
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Jana Riess earned a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the religion book review editor for Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of The Spiritual Traveler: Boston and New England and What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide.

Phyllis Tickle, a widely acclaimed expert on religion in America, is the author of more than two dozen books, including the three-part prayer manual The Divine Hours and the memoirs The Shaping of a Life and Prayer Is a Place. She has been a magazine editor, college dean, media commentator, and publisher.

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Table of Contents

The Book of Mormon : an account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi 1
1 The first Book of Nephi 5
2 The second Book of Nephi 51
3 The Book of Jacob 79
4 The Book of Mosiah 109
5 The Book of Alma 139
6 The third Book of Nephi 185
7 The Book of Mormon 207
8 The Book of Moroni 219
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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    This author violates Church doctrine in writing this book

    By writing this book and selling it for a profit, Riess ironically appears to violate core teachings of her own Mormon faith. How?
    1) She commits and act of priestcraft. In the Book of Mormon itself, it condemns this act. It is the act of preaching (in this case, writing) for money. Perhaps she has missed that doctrine in Mormonism. She laudably donates the proceeds, but it still falls under the category of priestcraft.
    2) Only Church authorities have the authority to speak and elucidate Church doctrines. Despite good intentions, Riess has NO authority from the Church whatsoever, either as a scholar or as an official Church representative!
    3) In Mormonism, scholarship alone bears no authority. But this is the only claim that this author has -- that her scholarship in religion gives her the right to teach the Book of Mormon. This simply isn't harmonious with Church doctrines!
    4) By abridging the Book of Mormon and putting it in her own words, she has committed the same act as uninspired "translators" and "abridgers" of the Bible. This is also condemned in the Book of Mormon itself! She has imposed her OWN interpretation of the book rather than the "inspired" one as it came from the quill of the prophets (in the case of the Old Testatment and Book of Mormon) and apostles (in the case of the New Testament). She may have placed herself on a firm path to apostasy! Within the tome, she even admits to her own "hubris" in doing so. So why do it, then?
    5) When the Book of Mormon prophets abridged their document, they did so under commandment of God and with proper priesthood authority. Riess had neither of these in hers, so she is thus likely operating without the guiding light of the Holy Spirit or under the direction of proper priesthood authority. She has even deleted entire books (Ether, for example) within the volume and stories that apparently don't match her personal "gospel of Jana". Ironically, one of the powerful arguments in the Book of Mormon is that some uninspired individuals had deleted some fundamental doctrines of Christ from the Bible. And now, she has done the same with the Book of Mormon. Hubris indeed!
    6) The author has violated the Church's own directive. In 1993, the Church asked that writers NOT change the language from its sacred text into modern language. This inevitably introduces opinion and error. The author has thus placed herself into danger of heresy and is in open rebellion against her own leaders.

    There are some excellent commentaries on the Book of Mormon previously written by those who have authority and without altering the text. Some include those by BH Roberts, Sydney Sperry, Reynolds and Sjodahl, Ludlow, McConkie, Millet, and several others. Their writings are a better selection for seeking to understand the Book of Mormon.

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