An Approach to the Book of Mormon


An Approach to the Book of Mormon

Publication Type


Year of Publication



Nibley, Hugh W. (Primary)


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Salt Lake City

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Bibliographic Citation

Nibley, Hugh W. "An Approach to the Book of Mormon", Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1957.


Everyone who reads this manual will find new material in it—material that has not appeared in print before and is, therefore, of vital importance. The work is a new approach to the Book of Mormon and for that reason demands careful reading and study of every member of the priesthood classes using it.
In this work the Book of Mormon is seen in a new perspective; we see it in a world setting, not in a mere local one. It takes its place naturally alongside the Bible and other great works of antiquity and becomes one of them. As we study the manual, the mystery that some writers have tried to throw around the Book of Mormon disappears and the book and its characters become real and natural. False arguments which in the past have prospered against it are shattered by the material of this course. The author has thrown up such a background for the study of the Book of Mormon, and has fitted it into such a framework of world history as to make it one of the great books of all time. The success or failure of the study of the course depends upon seeing and clearly grasping this point of view and one will be rewarded according to the energy expended in gaining such an important vision.

Table of Contents

30 Lessons

Lesson 1 - Introduction
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 1-12
Lesson 2 - A Time for Re-Examination
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 13-25
Lesson 3 - An Auspicious Beginning
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 26-37
Lesson 4 - Lehi as a Representative Man
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 38-46
Lesson 5 - Lehi's Affairs, 1. The Jews and the Caravan Trade
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 47-57
Lesson 6 - Lehi's Affairs, 2. Lehi and the Arabs
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 58-69
Lesson 7 - Lehi's Affairs, 3. Dealings with Egypt
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 70-78
Lesson 8 - Politics in Jerusalem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 79-91
Lesson 9: Escapade in Jerusalem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 92-101
Lesson 10 - Portrait of Laban
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 102-112
Lesson 11 - The Flight into the Wilderness
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 113-121
Lesson 12 - The Pioneer Tradition and the True Church
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 122-132
Lesson 13 - Churches in the Wilderness
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 133-142
Lesson 14 - Unwelcome Voices from the Dust
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 143-153
Lesson 15 - Qumran and the Waters of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 154-163
Lesson 16 - The Apocrypha and the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 164-177
Lesson 17 - A Strange Order of Battle
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 178-189
Lesson 18 - Life in the Desert, 1. Man versus Nature
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 190-201
Lesson 19 - Life in the Desert, 2. Man versus Man
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 202-216
Lesson 20 - Life in the Desert, 3. Lehi's Dream
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 217-228
Lesson 21 - Life in the Desert, Lehi the Poet — A Desert Idyll
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 229-241
Lesson 22 - Proper Names in the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 242-255
Lesson 23 - Old World Ritual in the New World
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 256-270
Lesson 24 - Ezekiel 37:15-23 as Evidence for the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 271-287
Lesson 25 - Some Test Cases from the Book of Ether
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 288-298
Lesson 26 - The Way of the "Intellectuals"
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 299-314
Lesson 27 - The Way of the Wicked
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 315-335
Lesson 28 - The Nature of Book of Mormon Society
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 336-350
Lesson 29 - Strategy for Survival
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 351-365
Appendix 1 - The Archaeological Problem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 366-377

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