The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon

Title

The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2020

Authors

Pagination

283-318

Volume

40

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Bibliographic Citation

Olsen, Steven L. "The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon", Vol. 40. 2020:283-318.

Abstract

With the trained eye of an anthropologist and a historian, Steven Olsen refutes claims that the Book of Mormon is a simple hodge-podge of biblical phrases and responses to controversies that Joseph Smith absorbed from his surroundings. Through a careful discussion of four main claims, he illustrates his thesis that the Book of Mormon “evidences a high degree of focus and coherence, as though its principal writers intentionally crafted the record from a unified and comprehensive perspective.” He shows that the Book of Mormon is not merely a history in the conventional sense, but rather is purposeful in the selection and expression of its core themes.

Covenant
Historicity

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