Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon: Volume 6a - Fourth Nephi through Ether 3

Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon: Volume 6a - Fourth Nephi through Ether 3

by Brant A. Gardner

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Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon: Volume 6a - Fourth Nephi through Ether 3 by Brant A. Gardner

Stop looking for the Book of Mormon in Mesoamerica and start looking for Mesoamerica in the Book of Mormon! Second Witness, a new six-volume series from Greg Kofford Books, takes a detailed, verse-by-verse look at the Book of Mormon. It marshals the best of modern scholarship and new insights into a consistent picture of the Book of Mormon as a historical document. Taking a faithful but scholarly approach to the text and reading it through the insights of linguistics, anthropology, and ethnohistory, the commentary approaches the text from a variety of perspectives: how it was created, how it relates to history and culture, and what religious insights it provides.

The commentary accepts the best modern scholarship, which focuses on a particular region of Mesoamerica as the most plausible location for the Book of Mormon’s setting. For the first time, that location—its peoples, cultures, and historical trends—are used as the backdrop for reading the text. The historical background is not presented as proof, but rather as an explanatory context.

The commentary does not forget Mormon’s purpose in writing. It discusses the doctrinal and theological aspects of the text and highlights the way in which Mormon created it to meet his goal of “convincing . . . the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013463332
Publisher: Greg Kofford Books
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Series: Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Brant Gardner received an M.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York, Albany, emphasizing Mesoamerican ethnohistory. His research into the Mesoamerican setting of the Book of Mormon has led to publications in the FARMS Review of Books and the online Meridian magazine. He has made several presentations to the annual Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research conference and has also presented at the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum, Sunstone, and other academic symposia.

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