The "Book of Mormon": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

By Paul C. Gutjahr

Late one evening in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr., used to be reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate long island by way of an angel named Moroni. in accordance with Smith, Moroni advised him of a buried stack of gold plates that have been inscribed with a historical past of the Americas' old peoples, and which might repair the natural Gospel message as Jesus had brought it to them. hence begun the not going occupation of the Book of Mormon, the founding textual content of the Mormon faith, and maybe an important sacred textual content ever to originate within the usa. the following Paul Gutjahr strains the lifetime of this booklet because it has shaped and fractured varied lines of Mormonism and remodeled spiritual expression all over the world.

Gutjahr seems at how the Book of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate ny, the place revivalist preachers, missionaries, and non secular marketers of each stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers eager to scratch a dwelling from the land. He examines how a publication that has lengthy been the topic of ridicule--Mark Twain known as it "chloroform in print"--has greater than one hundred fifty million copies in print in additional than 100 languages world wide. Gutjahr exhibits how Smith's influential ebook introduced one of many quickest becoming new religions in the world, and has featured in every thing from comedian books and motion figures to feature-length motion pictures and an award-winning Broadway musical.

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14. by way of the Eighteen Eighties, Ottinger had already painted a few images set in historic the US and had even develop into a revered lecturer on Mesoamerican tradition as a result of the precise learn he had accomplished with a view to lend his work the best attainable realism. Heber G. Richards, “George M. Ottinger, Pioneer Artist of Utah,” Western Humanities evaluate 3:3 (July 1949): 212–213, 216. 15. John L. Stephens, Incidents of trip in imperative the US, Chiapas and Yucatan (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841), 1:frontispiece. Carmack, “ ‘A Picturesque and Dramatic History,’ ” 123–124. sixteen. Genet Bingham Dee, A Voice from the airborne dirt and dust: A Sacred background of historical americans (Salt Lake urban, UT: Deseret information Press, 1939), 2, forty, 240, 250, 272, 372, 375, 387, 447, 458, 562, 605, 619, 621, 645, 648, 651, 660, 671, 685, 766, 771, 773, 776, 782–783, 786, 788, 814. One consultant instance of Mesoamerican illustrative paintings during this sequence are available in Clinton F. Larson, Illustrated tales from the ebook of Mormon, Mosiah 1 via Mosiah 17, vol. 6 (Provo, UT: Promised Land courses, 1970), 31–32, forty two, forty five, forty seven, sixty three, sixty seven. 17. Minerva Teichert to Rosa Gold, undated letter, Laurie Teichert Eastwood assortment on Minerva Kohlepp Teichert, designated Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham younger college, MS 2243, field 2, Folder eleven. 18. As quoted in John W. Welch and Doris R. Dant, The publication of Mormon work of Minerva Teichert (Salt Lake urban, UT: Bookcraft, 1997), eleven, 162–168. 19. Jan Underwood Pinborough, “Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert: With a daring Brush,” Ensign, April 1989, 34. 20. Welch and Dant, The e-book of Mormon work, 32. 21. Ibid. , 34. 22. As facts of her familiarity with the e-book of Mormon, notes that she made about the textual content are available in a folder entitled “The tale of the ebook of Mormon,” Laurie Teichert Eastwood assortment on Minerva Kohlepp Teichert, particular Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham younger collage, MS 2243, field five, Folder nine. 23. ebook of Mormon (1981), Alma 53:16–21, 56:47–48. 24. booklet of Mormon (1981), Alma 47:22–35. 25. Welch and Dant, The ebook of Mormon work. additionally vital to the popularizing of Teichert’s paintings was once the looks of the publication of Mormon: Heirloom variation (Salt Lake urban, UT: Deseret e-book corporation, 2011) that reproduced fifty full-color Teichert work as illustrations for the sacred textual content. 26. booklet of Mormon (1963), starting illustrations and their captions. 27. solid remedies of Friberg’s education and profession comprise Robert T. Barrett and Susan Easton Black, “Setting the traditional in LDS paintings: 4 Illustrators of the Mid-Twentieth Century,” BYU reports 44:2 (2005): 25–80; and Ted Schwarz, Arnold Friberg: the fervour of a latest grasp (Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Press, 1985). 28. As quoted in Barrett and Black, “Setting the normal in LDS Art,” 32. 29. Ibid. , seventy five. 30. sturdy overviews of Friberg’s Howells fee are available in Schwarz, Arnold Friberg, 49–55, and Vern G. Swanson, “The e-book of Mormon artwork of Arnold Friberg: ‘Painter of Scripture,’ “ magazine of e-book of Mormon stories 10:1 (2001): 26–35.

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