Mormon's Codex: An Ancient American Book

By John L. Sorenson

Major student and writer John L. Sorenson brilliantly synthesizes during this quantity his paintings from 60 years of educational examine of historical Mesoamerica and its courting to the ebook of Mormon.
Here Sorenson unearths that the booklet of Mormon indicates what one might anticipate of a old rfile produced within the context of historical Mesoamerican civilization. He additionally exhibits that scholars’ discoveries approximately Mesoamerica and the contents of the Nephite checklist are in actual fact similar. certainly, Sorenson lists greater than four hundred issues the place the e-book of Mormon textual content corresponds to attribute Mesoamerican occasions, statements, allusions, and history.

Are we to easily think that mere twist of fate can account for similarities of this importance? The parallels are too awesome and too sweeping to reply to within the affirmative. Even the best savant of the early nineteenth century—let on my own a touch literate frontier farm boy—could now not in all probability have produced a quantity as wealthy in Mesoamericana because the e-book of Mormon.

The purely structure during which a list equivalent to the e-book of Mormon might have been preserved is that of a local Mesoamerican booklet, mentioned by way of students as a codex. in line with the list itself, the textual content used to be compiled via a guy named Mormon, who lived within the Mesoamerican isthmus zone within the overdue fourth century. Mormon handed the list to his son Moroni, who survived him by means of greater than 35 years and made modest additions to the text.

A major contribution to the fields of publication of Mormon reports and Mesoamerican reports, Mormon’s Codex is John Sorenson’s magnum opus. It comprises copious explanatory fabric, large footnotes, over 1,300 bibliographical references, illustrations, an appendix, and certain maps. This long-awaited quantity will attract trained normal readers, archaeologists, and students alike

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Sorenson. pages cm contains bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-60907-399-2 (hardbound : alk. paper) 1. e-book of Mormon—Evidences, authority, and so forth. 2. ebook of Mormon—Geography. three. Indians of important the United States. I. identify. BX8627. S6458 2013 289. 3'22—dc232013006467 published within the united states Publisher’s Printing, Salt Lake urban, UT 10 nine eight 7 6 five four three 2 1 desk of Contents Maps checklist of Tables record of Figures Foreword Preface Orientation half 1: Orientation creation preparing for the Comparisons The publication of Mormon in tradition background phrases The Early tradition background of Mesoamerica the character of background within the publication of Mormon approximately Correspondences Correspondences by way of subject half 2: Correspondences by means of subject Geographical Correspondences Traditions of Civilization Transoceanic Voyages Language files and Writing platforms Human Biology Political economic climate Society inhabitants and Its Distribution fabric tradition govt and Political techniques battle wisdom structures Ideology and faith Correspondences from Archaeology and background half three: Correspondences from Archaeology and historical past Archaeology and background earlier than six hundred BC Archaeology and heritage among six hundred and 1 BC, half 1 Archaeology and background among six hundred and 1 BC, half 2 Archaeology and heritage among advert 1 and two hundred Archaeology and heritage among advert 2 hundred and four hundred Conclusions Appendix: a brand new View of Jaredite Geography Bibliography representation credit Maps Map 1. Mormon’s map of publication of Mormon lands in response to the textual content stopover at http://bit. ly/182JGlE for a high-resolution snapshot. "Mormon's Map" indicates the main believable association of Nephite and Lamanite geographical positive aspects in response to all of the details within the checklist of Mormon and his son Moroni. (Capitalization of names follows the perform of the printed textual content of the publication of Mormon. ) Legend for Map 1 1. waters of Ripliancum 2. restrict of Nephite ultimate retreat three. Shiz's loss of life; plates left four. hill Shim five. slim go or passage 6. Hagoth's shipbuilding web site 7. Moroni's camp eight. Nephites' shelter among the land Bountiful and the land of Zarahemla (see three Nephi 3:23, 25) nine. hill Onidah 10. hill Amnihu eleven. hill Riplah 12. valley of Alma thirteen. dispersal aspect of the sons of Mosiah 14. waters of Mormon 15. hill north of Shilom sixteen. mount Antipas 17. position Onidah 18. desolate tract at the west of the land of Zarahemla 19. desert at the west within the land of Nephi 20. Lamanite king's land 21. land of first inheritance 22. barren region (see Alma 43:22) 23. mountain go 24. Hagoth's attainable vacation spot 25. barren region of Hermounts 26. "line" among Desolation and Bountiful 27. safety "line" Map 2. a few Mesoamerican archaeological websites pointed out stopover at http://bit. ly/15tmmKP for a high-resolution snapshot. Map three. Mormon’s map displaying geographical correspondences stopover at http://bit. ly/170U4uT for a high-resolution picture. Legend for Map three A  A continuously defensible line; most likely river B  A "narrow move that led through the ocean into the land northward" C  No stable land passage northward D  The urban of Zarahemla, "in the center of our kingdom" E  The urban of Nephi (or Lehi-Nephi) F  Waters of Ripliancum G  Waters of Mormon H  Hagoth's shipbuilding website J  West beach K  The arrival element of the Mulekites; urban of Mulek L  The cordilleran mountain chain M1  Mountain move M2  Mountain move N  The "most capital elements" of the land (Hel.

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