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Book of Mormon

Carefully documented articles and resources for investigating and evaluating Book of Mormon teaching, historical claims, and archaeology. Includes scanned images of the entire 1830 first edition Book of Mormon and key examples of the nearly 4,000 changes that have been made to it.


Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon presents itself as an historical record of God's revelation of Himself to the human race. These historical claims have sent scholars in search of archaeological evidence for the existence of the peoples and events described in the Book of Mormon, and they make the subject of Book of Mormon archaeology relevant.
The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon
The first sentence in the introduction to the Book of Mormon claims, “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible.” Is the Book of Mormon an authentic ancient scripture? Is the Book of Mormon supported by the evidence of archaeology, as the Bible is?
Old Testament scholar Thomas Finley examines LDS scholar Hugh Nibley's comparisons between the Book of Mormon and the Lachish Letters, written from the Jewish town of Lachish about the same time that the main Book of Mormon story line begins. Finley shows that Nibley's parallels do not support the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon.


Most discussions of the modalistic views of the founder of Mormonism take for granted he had in mind a sequential, or Sabellian, modalism. However, another form of modalism that existed at the time of Joseph Smith merits further inquiry.
In this study, we will examine the LDS Church’s teaching about the “gathering” of Israel. It turns out that this doctrine is directly tied up with its founding document: the Book of Mormon.


A scholarly paper that documents specific BOM phrases and ideas that Joseph Smith borrowed from other books.
This paper examines the culture, credibility and relevance of the testimony of the eleven men the LDS Church presents as witnesses to the Book of Mormon. It draws extensively from early sources, both Mormon and non-Mormon, in an attempt to provide an honest and balanced portrayal of the Witness phenomenon.
One of the original Book of Mormon Witnesses explains why he left the Mormon Church.
Mormon General Authority B. H. Roberts concluded that this book, originally published in Poultney, Vermont in 1823 (7 years prior to the Book of Mormon) was available to Joseph Smith and contained enough parallel material to the Book of Mormon so as to furnish a virtual "ground-plan" for it.

Introductory Resources on the Book of Mormon

A concise summary of literary, historical, and theological evidence that challenges the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. A comparison of Book of Mormon doctrine wtih Conteporary LDS doctrine.

Lamanite DNA

DNA vs. The Book of Mormon — A Review
This documentary accurately presents the consensus of the scientific community that northern Asia — not Israel — is the place of origin of the Native American Indians.
How do Mormons today resolve the tension created when modern science exposes the errors of modern-day prophets regarding Book of Mormon peoples?
The following are some of the most frequently advanced arguments from the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) and the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) related to DNA and the Book of Mormon—most notably (or at least most succinctly) in the latter’s brochure, Is an Historical Book of Mormon Compatible with DNA Science?

Book of Mormon Text

This essay is a survey and critique of the main lines of evidence for the human origin of the Book of Mormon proposed by Mormon Historian and General Authority Brigham H. Roberts in an unpublished paper done in the early 1920’s.
A Mormon General Authority's Doubts About the Authenticity of the Book of Mormon
The long-suppressed work of Mormon General Authority B. H. Roberts, who in his later years came to question the historicity of the Book of Mormon, after a life-time as its greatest apologist.
View scanned images of key altered passages from the original 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon, the 1833 Book of Commandments and the 1851 Pearl of Great Price.
Book of Mormon Evidence Evaluated
Brent Metcalfe, ed.— Ten contemporary Mormon writers grapple with challenges to the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.
Respected historian of Mormonism, H. Michael Marquardt, explores the Book of Mormon’s literary dependence on the Bible and 19th century events.

LDS Testimony

In an adaptation of By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus, Chuck Larson makes and backs up the claim that although a Mormon has a testimony that is indeed sincere, one should carefully consider whether or not it is true, since sincerity does not guarantee being right.
A look at how this LDS Scripture is used out of context to justify using feelings to know truth.
Is the experience of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus a model of knowing something is true on the basis of a “burning” feeling in your heart? Rob Bowman explains why this is not the case by examining Luke 24:32 in context.


"Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it. . . then take another stick, and write upon it. . . .And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand."
There are many serious objections to the claim of Joseph Smith and the LDS church that the Book of Mormon is divinely inspired latter-day scripture supplemental to the Bible. However, none are more significant than the numerous contradictions between Book of Mormon teaching and the Bible.


The eyewitnesses to the dictation of the Book of Mormon describe a different method than the one depicted by the Mormon Church.