Born and raised a Mormon, I've been on that inevitable intellectual and spiritual journey of my mid-twenties to deeply analyze the doctrines, beliefs, and scriptures of the religion of my youth, as well as to find a comfortable stance as to what I believe and where I want to situate my life and devotion. Samuel the Lamanite denounced the people of Zarahemla for supporting… We understand that you may not be in the same Wagon that we are about the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon Made Easier Part 1 book. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed (Isaiah 6:9-10). There are books and other aids out there to help you with a subject that you may not fully understand. How to Effectively Study the Book of Mormon. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 260 pages. He indicated that Mormon, who also had been a battle-hardened soldier, inserted the verses "...if all men had been and ever would be like unto Moroni, the powers of Hell would be shaken forever" (off the top of my head so may have quoted it incorrectly - but you get the idea - Alma 46-ish) to make a warrior seem righteous. Not bad. strtoupper('“T')he People Were a Stiffnecked People, Hard to Understand” The modern LDS model of church organization assumes a single prophet at the head of a unified organization. A decade ago there were few scholarly books written for the non-Mormon audience about the Book of Mormon, and in another decade there will probably not be many more. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. I have read the Book of Mormon many times in my life but have never understood it so well. In a vision, he saw the Lord sitting on a throne surrounded by angels. Actually, Mormon has always been my favorite person in the Book of Mormon too, probably because I am an editor myself and appreciate the task he took on editing the records to make the Book of Mormon. It has helped me read the BOM in a different way and I can't stop sharing what I learn to see what other people think of it. Initial response (after ~50 pages): my gads, a thoughtful examination of the Book of Mormon that is accessible to believers and nonbelievers alike. This is not my usual fluff I tend to gravitate to. I appreciate Hardy's approach of looking at the narrators of the Book of Mormon and teasing out their approaches to the material they were conveying. I love this book! Dr. Hardy's aim is not to produce a sum. Hardy examines Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni as narrators of the Book of Mormon and discusses how their purposes affect what they include and how it is written. Nephi recognized that even though they had left Jerusalem only one hundred years or so after Isaiah concluded his writings, Isaiah was a difficult book for his people to understand (v. 1). And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: Not an easy peasy read. I am blown away by this analysis and feel both grateful it was recommended to me and ashamed at how my meager my understanding of the Book of Mormon was before starting this. (long story.) Create a website or blog at WordPress.com. I can't recommend this book enough. Episodios. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear (Matthew 13:11-16, with Joseph Smith Translation in verse 12). Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. So it's not for everyone. I felt like I was back taking an English class in college. Reading against the text and looking for narrative omissions can illuminate narratorial motivations. Yet it is unquestionably one of the most influential books ever written. It was off-putting, however, when he indulged in mind-reading or psychoanalysis of Nephi, Mormon, or Moroni. Grant Hardy taught me how I should have been reading the BOM this whole time. Insights from my daily study of the Book of Mormon. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Dr. Grant Hardy received a Ph.D. from Yale University in Chinese Language and Literature and a B.A. Only on my mission did the Book come alive without the help of aids. ". I don’t necessarily agree with many of grant hardy’s opinions, not only on the people but on many of the circumstances and at times the opinions are a bit annoying when they’re written like mind reading but in all I really enjoyed his thoughts and it definitely expanded mine and made me realize many possibilities I had never thought of before. Alma 51 My Favorite Verse Help Me Understand The Book of Mormon. Grant Hardy has applied the techniques of Literary Criticism to his subject, and met with fruitful results. Paperback. For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. I appreciate his bracketing historical claims and instead focusing on the literary richness that is there. Great book for believers and nonbelievers a like. I wanted to like this book very much, and looked forward to reading it. Grrr. ", In the Service of Your Fellow Beings - Mosiah 2:17, Mourn with Those That Mourn - Mosiah 18:8-10. Fascinating and refreshing, especially for a wannabe writer. The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which, according to Latter Day Saint theology, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. The approach to the characters and editors of the story of the Book of Mormon will, undoubtedly, infuriate some members of the LDS Church. Such a delight to read about the authors of a book I've read a dozen times and realize I've never thought about them in this light. It is a wonderful way to see the work as a whole rather than as a series of separate stories/chapters. Hardy is particularly intrigued with the fact that the book is "written" from the viewpoint of three narrators: Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni. And he didn't love Nephi all that much, which was interesting since Nephi is so often the hero in Latter-day Saint stories. The basic elements of Book of Mormon geography are discussed, and the authors and keepers of the sacred records are listed. For a faithful member of the Mormon community, or at least anyone who chooses to give the primary distinctive scripture used within the Mormon church, I can't recommend this book more highly. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. Yet it is unquestionably one of the most influential books ever written. The Book of Mormon London, London: "Hi there! To see what your friends thought of this book, Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide, I've had this book on my shelf for something like 10 years, and I've only finally gotten around to reading it. By focusing on the narrative, he shows that there is an organizing principle at work. He supports this by explaining that when he and Stan Carmack sat down and read Early Modern English texts, they kept having to look up words. This is not an easy book to read; more like a text on the literary structure of the Book of Mormon. So much of modern life is geared to finding faster and easier ways to do the same old things. About the best of the vernacular text versions of the Book of Mormon. That alone should draw attention and help potential readers ignore the terribly generic title and stock photograph decorating the book's cover. I realized that at times I was missing things but there was enough I was getting that I really liked and that I had never thought of before. Joseph Smith claimed that the Book of Mormon is an ancient text written by ancient Jews who came to the Americas long before Columbus. Unlike virtually all other recent world scriptures, the Book of Mormon presents itself as an integrated narrative rather than a series of doctrinal expositions, moral injunctions, or devotional hymns. Ieally it should be reissued with both the LDS (which is currently has) and RLDS versifications in the text. Why Is Isaiah Quoted So Much in the Book of Mormon? When I was nine, I had trouble grasping the language of the Book, so sister missionaries had me read the Book of Mormon Reader cartoons along with the Book itself. Help you better understand the Book of Mormon by listening to this podcast. Alma 51 My Favorite Verse Help Me Understand The Book of Mormon. The result, particularly the first two-thirds of the book (for a variety of reasons, trying to pull any kind of internally consistent understanding of Moroni's portion of the overall book strikes me as much harder sell), is incredibly eye-opening, or at least it was to me. You could be forgiven for reading a few particularly enlightening chapters and skipping some of the minutiae that is necessary to fully flush out the author's arguments. However, with all that being said, we do not need you guys to tell us what you can point out is wrong in the Book of Mormon. 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches In What Order Did Joseph Smith Translate the Book of Mormon? I wrote the book people are talking about here. And we understand that you are entitled to your opinions and choices. I should also note, of course, that this is a book interested in looking at *narrative*, not theology. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We’d love your help. This is not the model of the Old Testament nor certainly of the early Nephite society. from Brigham Young University where he studied Ancient Greek. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Understanding the Book of Mormon book. All in all it makes you think and realize just how much "nonthinking" I have been doing all these years while reading and rereading The Book of Mormon. Hardy is a first rate scholar of religion and Mormonism. Anyway, I’m Timothy B. Wilson. To create our... Mark Twain once derided the Book of Mormon as "chloroform in print." (He is a Latter-day Saint and believes it is true, I believe, but he is approaching it from a scholarly viewpoint and says it is worth studying and dissecting it as such.) Hardy dismantles the black-and-white message of the Book of Mormon by examining closely each author's motives. However, within those twenty years I doubt that there will be a book that approaches the depth and complexity in regards to the text as Dr. Hardy's volume. How Can Recognizing Parallelisms Help Me Understand Isaiah? That alone made me want to read it. I feel the author did a good job at laying down the facts even if it may shake someones world. With over 140 million copies in print, it is a central text of one of the largest and fastest-growing faiths in the world. The Book of Mormon is replete with a story that is so rhythmic that it is popularly referred to as the pride cycle. ( Log Out /  Rather than seeing it as a jumble of odd stories,difficult and disjointed, the author offers a detailed guide to the contents that meets the needs of both believers and outsiders. One of the advantages of the hard copy book is the footnotes. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Almost five stars, except for the latter half when the study laboriously went through example after example of parallelism. I have to buy my own copy and return the public library's copy because I. I've been a sloppy reader of scripture. It took me almost two years to get through, partially due to the writing style, but mostly because of the many issues that Grant Hardy mentioned, which I sometimes spent weeks researching. They compared the Book of Mormon to V. Nabokov’s Pale Fire. It is a wonderful way to see the work as a whole rather than as a series of separate stories/chapters. The “Bible” Problem in the Book of Mormon. It took me over a year to inch my way through it sporadically while reading alongside the Book of Mormon itself. This is a complicated book that examines the Book of Mormon as one would examine a work of literature. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. And, Grant Hardy shows, it's far from the coma-inducing doorstop caricatured by Twain. How can we do the same? Recommended to me by Richard Bushman himself! This is a book you need to invest time into to understand. However, like some others, I had a hard time with Hardy's judgmental approach to several of his subjects. This book will transform your understanding of the book -- that description's vague, I'll add more to it later. Grant acknowledges the issues the book has (anachronisms, contradictions, failures, and biases) and frames them not as problems to be solved but as part of the vibrancy and humanity of the text. The people come to God, are blessed, begin to turn away, are humbled, come to God, and it all starts again. This is a book you need to invest time into to understand. Why Is Isaiah So Difficult to Understand? I am not sure I know yet, but it was fascinating readin. Hardy represented some scripture heroes in a strange and kind of negative light and made some leaps on what the Narrators were thinking as though he were reading their minds. Those who study the teachings and doctrine of the Book of Mormon will come to know that Jesus is the Christ. It’s a book. I borrowed from the library but I will definitely buy. If the clearly stated assessment of the Book of Mormon’s chief editor is flagrantly contradictory to Christ’s teachings while the books’ actual narrative runs requires a professional scholar to elucidate, then it is hard to understand how the Book of Mormon’s claim to restore “plain and precious things” can be taken seriously. Although I didn't agree with every conclusion Hardy comes up with, it was a very thought-provoking book which provided much insight. This portion felt less well-developed, except maybe as a springboard for furthe. The Book of Mormon Made Harder is the perfect tool to improve personal and family scripture study, sacrament meeting talks, or Sunday School lessons. This is a book you need to invest time into to understand. I was tickled by Mark Twain's anecdote that the Book of Mormon is "chloroform in print," and impressed by Hardy's concluding remarks that yes, the Book of Mormon can sound awkward, repetitious, and derivative, "but if we direct our attention deeper, to the level of form and structure, there is much more going on than first meets the eye." Grant acknowledges the issues the book has (anachronisms, contradictions, failures, and biases) and frames them not as problems to be solved but as part of the. I really feel like I understand so much more now! Too early to rate, but my mind and my spirit have needed a dose of something like this! ( Log Out /  Grant Hardy's book achieves what it sets out to do: "to demonstrate a mode of literary analysis by which all readers, regardless of their prior religious commitments or lack thereof, can discuss the book in useful and accurate ways." So, Isaiah was called to preach to an unreceptive audience. A chapter by chapter podcast to help us Understand The Book of Mormon Mostrar mais. And one more disclaimer - Hardy does appear to reach at times in his conclusions, even as his findings and insights are almost always impressive. People that say bad things about the book have not read it. But when Jesus quoted this passage, he shifted the responsibility entirely to the listeners. This was one of the quite a few issues I had with Hardy's interpretation of motivation. In the Book of Mormon, you see heroes and villains, prophets and idolaters, good and evil. After reading first and second Nephi, I gave up because it was too hard for me to understand. Long and complicated, written in the language of the King James version of the Bible, it boggles the minds of many. In his literary analysis, LDS scholar and University of North Carolina professor Grant Hardy approaches his study of the Book of Mormon by analyzing the distinct voices and themes of the three narrators: Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni. Pretty much everything you expect to see in a religious text. Today I’m here with Grant Hardy, author of Understanding the Book of Mormon. This sort of deep-dive. The Book of Mormon, Journal Editions can help with both your daily study and your journaling efforts. It took me over a year to inch my way through it sporadically while reading alongside the Book of Mormon itself. I first published “Mormon’s Story” (3,000 hefty copies) in 1993. April 7th 2010 For instance, despite all the times I have read the Book of Mormon I never really thought that it is a tragedy—yes, everyone dies—and yet it is a book about hope. I first became aware of Grant Hardy when he was the editor of the Readers Edition of the Book of Mormon which I found surprisingly helpful and fresh. …” (2 Ne. Episodes. The literary connections, and prospective that Hardy provides is complex and provocative, especially towards the end of the book with his examination of the Book of Ether. However, this book is extremely boring. It was so intellectually rigorous and so fascinating overall that I read every footnote also. A primary role of prophets is to call us to repentance, which means making course corrections or incremental improvements. Rather than seeing it as a jumble of odd stories,difficult and disjointed, the author offers a detailed guide to the contents that meets the needs of both believers and outsiders. Episode 19: The Book of Mormon as Literature with Grant Hardy. Grant Hardy has done a very close rea. That first version, although preliminary helped to establish criteria for the current project, especially the need for direct access to the original and printer’s manuscripts as well as the clearest photographs of those manuscripts. It was off-putting, however, when he indulged. 29/04/2020 Duration: 05min Teancum takes his religious liberty into his own hands. However, within those twenty years I doubt that there will be a book that approaches the depth and complexity in regards to the text as Dr. Hardy's volume. I've had this book on my shelf for something like 10 years, and I've only finally gotten around to reading it. Introduction. In his literary analysis, LDS scholar and University of North Carolina professor Grant Hardy approaches his study of the Book of Mormon by analyzing the distinct voices and themes of the three narrators: Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni. The LDS system of footnoting is unique. This is inevitable for a literary interpretation of any text, especially one that makes claims that it is historically accurate. It is a difficult scholarly read, for me at least, but the pay off is substantial. Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my people to understand. Therefore, when we have the opportunity to hear messages from prophets, we should plan to be challenged. I read this to try to get some understanding of what Mormons are all about. IF you find the Elizabethan language of the original hard to understand then this make a good companion volume. Everyone who is interested in the Book of Mormon should read this incredible book. I read this to try to get some understanding of what Mormons are all about. So I began reading this as my "Sunday Novel" but being 3 months shy of reading it a full year I had quit that notion as I often didn't take the time to pick it up on Sundays. The first critical text of the Book of Mormon was published by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, or FARMS, in 1984-86. Be the first to ask a question about Understanding the Book of Mormon. And I did, and I'm in the middle of reading it again. Here's a little spoiler on Mormon as narrator ** He indicated that M. I was interested in the narrators of the Book of Mormon and started reading with anticipation, and there were definitely some interesting insights which caused me to look at the situation differently; however when I finished reading, I felt slightly dirty. ( Log Out /  However, I generally appreciated Dr. Grant Hardy’s scholarly work, Non-Mormons, Anyone with a literary interest, LDS. The Made Harder series is proof that making things easier does not always make them better. You could be forgiven for reading a few particularly enlightening chapters and skipping some of the minutiae that is necessary to fully flush out the author's arguments. A brief example: Grant Hardy managed to get a book about the Book of Mormon published by the prestigious Oxford Press. 29/04/2020 Duración: 05min Teancum takes his religious liberty into his own hands. He also examines literary techniques, such as character development, use of outside materials, embedded documents such as letters, and parallel structure. Even in the true church, among those who should be enlightened by the gift of the Holy Ghost, there are those who skip the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon as though they were part of a sealed book, which perhaps they are to them. Here's a little spoiler on Mormon as narrator ** He indicated that Mormon loved Captain Moroni as a fellow military commander, implied that Mormon was biased and that he tried to prop up/justify how a battle-hardened soldier could be righteous. It was interesting to note their different styles. Long and complicated, written in the language of the King James version of the Bible, it boggles the minds of many. Grant Hardy has applied the techniques of Literary Criticism to his subject, and met with fruitful results. But getting past that, I loved his insight into the character of Mormon. I give it a three (3) because not everything was faulty reasoning and got me to thinking. My moral development owes to reading the Book at face value the first eleven times. Oh my goodness, what an excellent study of the Book Of Mormon! … I'm going to read a rebuttal of Hardy's book by Duane Boyce found here for some perspective: I gave this book 4 stars because I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I appreciated Hardy's exhaustive treatment of the three narrators, Nephi, Mormon and Moroni. He was fine when confining his analysis to the actual evidence in the book. This means that if a concept is taught in the Bible, the footnote for the verse in the Book of Mormon can tell you where to find it in the Bible. Alma 51 My Favorite Verse Help Me Understand The Book of Mormon. The footnotes correlate all the books of scripture with each other. This portion felt less well-developed, except maybe as a springboard for further studies. This ticked me off as a veteran to hear Hardy refer to military leaders as trying to justify being righteous while they were killing the enemy during war and caused me to wonder whether Hardy had ever seen anything close to combat and had to kill someone who was trying to take away his rights and then come home where judgy people whisper about whether he was able to be righteous after killing or not. I felt like I was back taking an English class in college. by Oxford University Press, USA. He obviously had a favorite narrator--Mormon. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. I love this book! 2 Nephi 11-25: “We Rejoice in Christ” (February 17-23) – Book of Mormon Study Notes, Doctrine and Covenants 3-5: “My Work Shall Go Forth” (January 18-24), “He Shall Do a Work…Which Shall Be of Great Worth” – 2 Nephi 3:7, “The Heart of the Children” – 3 Nephi 25:6, Old Testament Scriptures Quoted by Moroni to Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 2; Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65: “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers” (January 11-17), Doctrine and Covenants 3-5: "My Work Shall Go Forth" (January 18-24), The Nurture and Admonition of the Lord - Enos 1:1, His Hand Is Stretched Out Still - 2 Nephi 19:12, 17, 21; 20:4, Why Is Jesus Called "the Author and the Finisher of Our Faith? I've known all my life, as someone who was raised with readings of the Book of Mormon, that the book on its own terms is to be understood as the product of a set of ancient American prophet-editors. ( Log Out /  The Book of Mormon is very easy to understand except maybe for a few Chapters in Second Nephi. What Is the Meaning of the Phrase "Sufficient Is the Day Unto the Evil Thereof? He shows how the narrative structures, with all the interweavings, complex and convoluted turnings, still pull together into a cohesive text. I've known all my life, as someone who was raised with readings of the Book of Mormon, that the book on its own terms is to be understood as the product of a set of ancient American prophet-editors who were compiling records for a latter-day audience. I wanted to like this book very much, and looked forward to reading it. The Book of Mormon rendering of this passage is more balanced, shifting some of the responsibility for the failed communication to the listeners: Go and tell this people—Hear ye indeed, but they understood not; and see ye indeed, but they perceived not. Change ). He was fine when confining his analysis to the actual evidence in the book. This is not an easy book to read; more like a text on the literary structure of the Book of Mormon. Hardy side steps the argument about whether the Book of Mormon is of ancient origins or not, and instead delves into the narrative of the Book of Mormon, clearly illustrating that three distinct authors - Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni - compiled the book. It was interesting to note their different styles. Here's a handful of random insights to serve as teasers from the first 1/4-or-so of the book: When it comes to scripture, I am devoutly skeptical. I was fascinated how the deletion of verses changed the experience of reading scripture. 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