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Higher Criticism and the Book of Mormon

TitleHigher Criticism and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeExcerpt
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBokovoy, David E.
Book TitleAuthoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy
Book Chapter9
PublisherGreg Kofford Books
Place PublishedSalt Lake City
KeywordsAuthorship; Higher Criticism; Textual Criticism

The tenets of Higher Criticism certainly create some challenges for the Book of Mormon. However, rather than being simply dismissed or ig-nored, these issues should receive careful consideration. The following chapter provides a basic introduction to the Book of Mormon in light of the insights scholars have gained into the Pentateuch through Historical Criticism. Even though Historical Criticism (and by extension, Higher/Source Criticism) presents some difficulties for the Book of Mormon’s claims, a careful reading of the text and a consideration of the work as revelatory literature can resolve some of these issues.