Brent metcalfe on the book of mormon

I recently considered the proposition of joseph hiding material in his hat to aid in dictating the book of mormon. New approaches to the book of mormon signature books. This view finds no acceptance outside of mormonism. Archaeological trends and the book of mormon origins author john e. See, for example, welch, opening the heavens, 100101, 115117. An ejournal of critical thought, editor of new approaches to the book of mormon. Fall 1993 item consists of article published in dialogue. He worked directly for steven christensen son of mr. There are books that are not in the bible that are as powerful and authoritative as anything in the canon.

New approaches to the book of mormon signature books library. Brent metcalfe 2006revisioning the book of abraham arza evans2006post mormon feelings, challenges and freedom blair watson2006how mormonism wounds and selfesteem. Explorations in critical methodology, and a contributor to other anthologies and journals. New approaches to the book of mormon explorations in critical methodology edited by brent lee metcalfe. Brent metcalfe is the editor and host of mormon scripture studies.

Brent metcalfe early years, mark hofmann, the salamander letter, the bombings, the book of abraham, and life after mormonism mormon stories admin august 20, 2014 church history, general authorities, top 10 church history, top 10 exmormon, top 10 truth claims, top 100, top mormon faith crisis stories 79 comments. When brent metcalfe compiled a book of essays last year suggesting that mormonisms founding scripture wasnt the ancient history it purports. Helaman through 3 nephi 8, according to thy word bird island revisited, or the book of mormon through pyramidal kabbalistic glasses. A challenge to origins of the book of mormon and joseph smith. Aug 11, 2014 i am very excited to announce that i will soon be interviewing brent metcalfe. Brent metcalfe2006revisioning the book of abraham ex.

What are your views about these books and how some. To quote the pages author, it would be safe to say that 99% of the. He is the editor of new approaches to the book of mormon. Metcalfe started out as an apologist for the book of mormon.

Specific worksnew approaches to the book of mormon fairmormon. Brent edited a series of essays written by some of the brightest experts on the bom including dan vogel, stan larson and edward h. Just finished brent metcalfes mormon stories interview. The pages author credits a vast majority of his information as coming from john c. With the very high interest in brent metcalfe s sixpart podcast on mormonstories, readers may want to check out brent s groundbreaking work from 1993 on the book of mormon. Explorations in critical methodology 1993, edited by. Book of mormon scholars unleash salvo of barbs deseret news. When joseph smith presented the book of mormon for sale in early 1830, questions surfaced regarding its claim to be an authentic ancient history of the americas. Explorations in critical methodology 1993, edited by brent lee metcalfe. Professionally, he is a technical editor in the computer industry. Conversation transcribed from the mormon historians facebook group from a post dated june 27, 2018. His essay, joseph smiths scriptural cosmology, was published in the word of god. As a personal friend and research assistant for both steve christensen and mark hofmann, brent metcalfe watched the whole episode unfold right before his eyes.

Brent metcalfe had formerly served as a missionary for the mormon church and later worked for church security. This transcript is limited to the exchange between john prince and brent metcalfe. According to brent metcalfe private communication, royal skousen has touted papers by his students william calhoun and magaret robbins for english 495r at byu as showing that smith did not react to the italics or at least did so unsystematically. The use of harold blooms description of joseph smith as a religious genius in this video may mislead viewers into thinking bloom was referring directly to the book of mormon. The overwhelming consensus of the authors is the book of mormon is still true, but must be regarded as a fictional story as it does not in anyway fit archeologically, culturally or in any other way with what life was like in central or south america. Explorations in critical methodology metcalfe, brent lee on. The volume was promised to have been a stateoftheart work that would set new standards of methodological rigor in book of mormon scholar. Metcalfe sees the books contributors as more scientifically inclined, more analytical in their thinking than mainstream mormons and views their work as a natural outgrowth of the churchs.

Brent has become one of the foremost scholars in understanding the book of abraham. The theory that the book of mormon is an ancient american history is not accepted. Most scholars of the book of mormon believe that js and cowdery translated the portion from mosiah to moroni first, and the portion from the first book of nephi to words of mormon second. This has about 10 excellent essays on various studies of book of mormon subjects. Metcalfe sees the books contributors as more scientifically inclined, more analytical in their thinking than mainstream mormons and views their work as a natural outgrowth of the churchs emphasis on scripture study. Brent metcalfe borrows the titles of a few works on literary and narrative theory and then concludes that such theory under mines the historical claims of the book of mormon. When brent metcalfe compiled a book of essays last year suggesting that mormonisms founding scripture wasnt the ancient history it purports to be, he expected some criticism. Book of mormon manuscript excerpt, circa june 1829 1 nephi 2.

Brent lee metcalfe, a technical editor for a computer company, has compiled a book that is likely to create a stir. To give listeners a glimpse of emerging trends in boabr research, see my essay the curious textual history. Brent lee metcalfe, apologetic and critical assumptions. Review of books on the book of mormon 19892011 volume 6number 1 article 4 1994 brent lee metcalfe, ed. First ill say that his might be my favorite interview ive heard. Metcalfe, book of mormon historicity goff 171 reading a few passages from a book on childrearing and exam ining a few physical symptoms. Brent metcalfe early years, mark hofmann, the salamander letter, the bombings, the book of abraham, and life after mormonism. According to its subtitle, explorations in critical methodology, this book of essays edited by brent metcalfe claims to represent an emphasis on critical methodology.

Explorations in critical methodology by brent lee metcalfe. Upon inspection, these papers show a lack rigor and detail and are otherwise unconvincing. Brent is a fascinating interview for mormon stories for many reasons, including. Brent lee metcalfe, apologetic and critical assumptions about book of mormon historicity monte s. May 17, 2016 by brent metcalfe december 12, 2014 0 comments in the coming weeks and months, a few podcasts will examine the gospel topic translation and historicity of the book of abraham. Welcome to book of mormon centrals youtube channel, book of mormon central is designed and built by people who love the book of mormon. Review of books on the book of mormon 61 1994 neal a. Nearly a year later, hes getting it, in a vitriolic volume that exceeds his own book by 100 pages and seeks to expose him as a faithdestroying secularist masquerading, badly, as a wellmeaning pursuer of historic truth.

Join facebook to connect with dan vogel and others you may know. A fine line divides scripture from nonscripture, writes robert m. Book of mormon population sizes, new approaches to the book of mormon, edited by brent metcalfe salt lake city. Many members of the latter day saint movement claim historical authenticity of the book of mormon. Archaeological trends and the book of mormon origins byu.

Explorations in critical methodology this book which is already available in normal print through the above link is now out on a cdrom. Mormon studies isnt available as a stitcher feed for some reason which makes it hard for me to listen to i. Explorations in critical methodology brent lee metcalfe on. Brent is generally a giant in mormon studies, and is a. Critical methodology and the text of the book of mormon. In this muchanticipated tenessay compilation, brent metcalfe outlines the broad contours of contemporary scholarship as it continues to examine issues of antiquity. Mormon studies is the interdisciplinary academic study of the beliefs, practices, history and culture of those known by the term mormon and denominations belonging to the latter day saint movement whose members do not generally go by the term mormon. Brent lee metcalfe is a technical editor for the computer industry in utah. Explorations in critical methodology outlines the broad contours of contemporary scholarship which continue to examine issues of antiquity. Signature books is committed to expanding the scope of mormon history and to enhancing opportunities for expression by scholars, writers, and innovators within the local community. Others agree that joseph smith likely did not know about chiasmus but argue that chiasms even in the book of mormon are likely to be arrangements of words that happen to fall into chiastic order by chance and are revealed only by the ingenuity of the analyst. I was hoping you would have spoken more about the book of mormon and abraham.

Most, but not all, mormons hold the book s connection to ancient american history as an article of their faith. Brent metcalfe new approaches to the book of mormon. Metcalfe not only believed in the authenticity of the book of mormon, but he strongly supported the leaders of the church. Essays on the book of mormon essays on mormonism series metcalfe, brent, vogel, dan on. The mormon scholar brent lee metcalfe, who had formerly served as a missionary for the mormon church and later worked for church security edited the book. Click to read more about new approaches to the book of mormon. New approaches to the book of mormon brent lee metcalfe, editor. But to brent lee metcalfe and a handful of other mormon researchers, the weight of linguistic, textual, archeological and other evidence places the origin of the book of mormon squarely in the 19th century. Does chiasmus appear in the book of mormon by chance.

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