Explore the Faith, Culture, and History of the LDS Church

2023 marks the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s first vision of Moroni and the revelation of the gold plates which would become The Book of Mormon. Revisit the revelation and the history of The Book of Mormon with these new books from noted LDS scholars.

Edited by Grant Hardy

"The Annotated Book of Mormon opens up rich nuances of the texts and the impact of their reception as spirituality and literature. A significant contribution to understanding that reveals the contribution of the Book of Mormon to theology and religion." 

— Andrew Teal, Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford University

By Richard Lyman Bushman

“Richard Bushman has long been known as the leading voice in Mormon studies for his skillful research, incisive analysis, and stylish prose. This book is true to form. For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the history of Mormonism and American culture, it is indispensable.”

—Sonia Hazard, Assistant Professor of Religion, Florida State University

Richard Lyman Bushman and Grant Hardy both sat down with The Oxford Comment host Jack Dugan to discuss the history, mysteries, reception, and scholarship around The Book of Mormon. Listen to learn more about their work and the ongoing research within LDS studies. 

Read free chapters from Oxford Academic

A Brief Overview: Narrator-based Reading, from Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

“Plain and Precious Truths”: The Book of Mormon as New Theology, Part 1—The Encounter With Biblical Christianity, from By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

The Apocalyptic Tradition in Early Mormonism, from Terrible Revolution: Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse

The Gold Plates as Foundational Text, from Foundational Texts of Mormonism

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