As readers may be aware, I have been engaged in a PhD examining the Book of Mormon and its relationship with the Bible. I submitted earlier this year (2017). However, to the great surprise of not only myself but also my supervisors, it was rejected at my viva voce with the instruction to rewrite it and seek re-submission. I have significant cause to think that this was an unfair and an inadequate assessment of my thesis, while the requested additions would utterly change the character of the thesis and cannot be made in good faith, even if I could continue. Lacking other effective recourse, I have thus decided to release my work, with only very slight revisions, to a wider audience, and let the reader judge for themselves.
The book is freely available as a PDF, which may be downloaded from the following link: The Book of Mormon and its relationship with the Bible. I have also published it in paperback, hardback and kindle editions; the paperback and kindle versions are available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and the other Amazon sites, while the hardback is available directly from lulu.com, and from other distributors.
My principal aims have been to share what I consider are a number of original contributions to our understanding of the Book of Mormon, and to seek vindication for the inadequate assessment it received at examination. As such, I have never sought financial gain from this work, and so the PDF will always be available for free, while the paperback and hardback editions are sold at cost. Likewise, the price for the Kindle edition is set as cheaply as possible, and any unavoidable royalties have been and are donated to charitable causes. My hope is that those who read this book will find its contents interesting and of value, so please feel free to get in touch if you do.
From the book description:
The Book of Mormon and its relationship with the Bible is an in-depth study of the Book of Mormon’s approach to the Bible and its use of biblical material.
The Book of Mormon is an influential and controversial book. It launched a religious movement, has been believed by millions to be scripture, and has been derided by others as fraudulent. Despite this (or perhaps as a result), the book’s contents have been subject to both academic neglect and popular myth.
This book challenges some of that neglect by examining the Book of Mormon through the lens of its relationship with the Bible: a work which the Book of Mormon openly quotes and expects to be read alongside, and the only text which everyone agrees is connected to the Book of Mormon.
Through close examination of the Book of Mormon text and biblical parallels, including three substantial case studies, this book examines the ways in which the Book of Mormon draws upon and interprets the biblical text. This book demonstrates the complexity with which the Book of Mormon handles biblical material, and the close correlation between its reading of the Bible and the Book of Mormon’s own core themes
A comprehensive textual comparison of explicit biblical quotations with the KJV texts is included as an appendix.