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 manhattan through an angel named Moroni. based on Smith, Moroni instructed him of a buried stack of gold plates that have been inscribed with a background of the Americas' old peoples, and which might repair the natural Gospel message as Jesus had brought it to them. hence begun the not going profession of the Book of Mormon, the founding textual content of the Mormon faith, and maybe an important sacred textual content ever to originate within the usa. the following Paul Gutjahr strains the lifetime of this publication because it has shaped and fractured varied traces of Mormonism and remodeled non secular expression around the globe.

Gutjahr seems to be at how the Book of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate long island, the place revivalist preachers, missionaries, and non secular marketers of each stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers wanting to scratch a residing from the land. He examines how a ebook that has lengthy been the topic of ridicule--Mark Twain referred to as it "chloroform in print"--has greater than one hundred fifty million copies in print in additional than 100 languages around the world. Gutjahr indicates how Smith's influential ebook introduced one of many quickest turning out to be new religions on the earth, and has featured in every thing from comedian books and motion figures to feature-length motion pictures and an award-winning Broadway musical.

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