The Bible and the Book of MormonJump to navigation. A Latter-day Saint friend of mine once invited an evangelical coworker to church. The coworker found much that was familiar in the LDS service: hymn singing, an informal sermon style, robust fellowshiping and scripture-driven Sunday school. This mix of the familiar and the strange is a common experience for any who have spent even minimal time with the Latter-day Saints. All of Mormonism, even its most unfamiliar tenants, rests in some element of the biblical narrative. Academics would explain this in terms of intertextuality, noting that the meanings of Mormonism, even its unique scriptures, are achieved within the larger complex of the Christian canon. Each reads very much like the Bible in type and breadth of thematic concerns and literary forms history, law, psalm.
The Book of Mormon and the Bible
The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement , which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately BC to AD According to Smith's account and the book's narrative, the Book of Mormon was originally written in otherwise unknown characters referred to as " reformed Egyptian "  engraved on golden plates. Smith said that the last prophet to contribute to the book, a man named Moroni , buried it in the Hill Cumorah in present-day Manchester, New York before his death, and then returned to Earth in as an angel ,  revealing the location of the plates to Smith, and instructing him to translate the plates into English for use in the restoration of Christ's true church in the latter days. Critics claim that it was authored by Smith, drawing on material and ideas from contemporary 19th-century works rather than translating an ancient record. The Book of Mormon has a number of original and distinctive doctrinal discussions on subjects such as the fall of Adam and Eve ,  the nature of the Christian atonement ,  eschatology , redemption from physical and spiritual death,  and the organization of the latter-day church. The pivotal event of the book is an appearance of Jesus Christ in the Americas shortly after his resurrection.
When God teaches an important principle, He sends another source to confirm it. As many people today drift from God and religion, having more than one witness of God's words can help us stay on track. Get a free copy of the Book of Mormon delivered by two missionaries who will share an uplifting message with you. We have sent you a confirmation link. Click the link to complete your request. Both can help you draw closer to Jesus Christ and learn more about His gospel.
In some cases, entire passages are duplicated in the Book of Mormon. Sometimes the quotation is explicit, as in the Second Book of Nephi , which contains 18 quoted chapters of the Book of Isaiah. Other significant connections between the two books include Book of Mormon words and phrases that only appear in their KJV usage, perpetuation of Bible passages considered by some scholars to have been mistranslated in the KJV, and the possible presence of English homophones. Most Mormons accept the miraculous origin theory of the Book of Mormon and deny that the KJV was a source for it, arguing that the alleged similarities between the two are artifacts of the divine nature of the creation of the work. While Joseph Smith described the Book of Mormon as a "translation" of text written on golden plates , Smith had not studied ancient languages and did not "translate" in the traditional sense of the word.
Make Scriptures a Daily Part of Your Routine
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Mormons believe the Christian Bible "to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.
Those who study the teachings and doctrine of the Book of Mormon will come to know that Jesus is the Christ. Display the following statement by the Prophet Joseph Smith —44 , and ask a student to read it aloud:. Note: Cross-referencing is a scripture study skill that you might choose to emphasize throughout this course. As students strengthen their scripture study skills, they become more spiritually self-reliant. According to these verses, what is one of the primary purposes of the Book of Mormon? Students should identify the following truth: God brought forth the Book of Mormon in the last days to convince all people that Jesus is the Christ. Display the following statement by President Ezra Taft Benson — , and invite students to read it silently:.
The commandment to study scripture daily has not changed. The ways we can study scripture have changed exponentially, especially with digital tools. If you have not tried some of these new tools, it is time you did. Like any tool, it may or may not be useful for where you are right now. However, they have the ability to expand and enrich your scripture study in interesting ways. You are never done studying scriptures.
Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a book of scripture that teaches about Jesus. Discover how you can come closer to God by reading from its pages. Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is an ancient record that teaches about Jesus. Find out how it can help you and your life. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are companions.