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The Book of Mormon: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books #60) (Paperback)

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The surprising career of Joseph Smith's famous book

Late one night in 1823, Joseph Smith, Jr., was reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate New York by an angel named Moroni. According to Smith, Moroni told him of a buried stack of gold plates that were inscribed with a history of the Americas' ancient peoples, and which would restore the pure Gospel message as Jesus had delivered it to them. Thus began the unlikely career of the Book of Mormon, the founding text of the Mormon religion and perhaps the most important sacred text ever to originate in the United States. Paul Gutjahr traces the life of this remarkable book, showing how it launched one of the fastest-growing new religions on the planet and has featured in everything from comic books and action figures to movies and an award-winning Broadway musical.

About the Author


Paul C. Gutjahr is Ruth N. Halls Professor of English at Indiana University. His books include Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy and An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691217659
ISBN-10: 0691217653
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: July 27th, 2021
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Lives of Great Religious Books