Review of The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism’s Most Controversial Scripture

Title

Review of The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism’s Most Controversial Scripture

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2020

Authors

Pagination

181–185

Volume

59

Issue

4

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Bushman, Richard L. "Review of The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism’s Most Controversial Scripture", Vol. 59. 2020:181–185.

Abstract

In this extraordinary commentary on this least likely of scriptures, Terryl Givens argues that among all our canonized books, the Pearl of Great Price is the richest source of distinctive Latter-day doctrines. Pound for pound, the much longer Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants pack less of a theological punch. Doctrinally, the Book of Mormon did not go far beyond the Bible; it was believed and accepted precisely because it corresponded so closely. The Doctrine and Covenants is studded with doctrinal gems like section 76 but is preoccupied with organization and Church administration. The Pearl of Great Price, in a much briefer span, provides a broad scriptural basis for the theology that distinguishes the Latter-day Saint gospel from its Christian antecedents.

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