A Māori View of the Book of Mormon

Title

A Māori View of the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1999

Authors

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

4-11, 77

Volume

8

Issue

1

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Midgley, Louis C. "A Māori View of the Book of Mormon" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 8. 1999:4-11, 77.

Abstract

The Māori people read and understood the Book of Mormon from their own cultural perspective. Rather than examining particular verses for doctrinal content, the Māori viewed the Book of Mormon as a moral story of a people with failings and strengths. They likened the stories to themselves, feeling they lacked the spiritual strength to stay on a righteous path for long. They saw a tragic story of families in conflict and subtribes and tribes quarreling with each other and bent on revenge for personal insults and factional quarrels. The kinship ties seemed particularly relevant to them. The Book of Mormon can be read in multiple ways and will be interpreted according to the cultural background of those reading it.

Doctrine
Family
Kinship

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