How We Got the Book of Mormon: An interview with co-author Richard E. Turley Jr.

Richard E. Turley Jr. is currently an Assistant Church Historian with responsibilities over the Church History Library. With William Slaughter he has recently co-authored How We Got the Book of Mormon and he has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about it.

Who is the target audience of the volume?

RET: In the Preface (vii-viii), we explain: “We have written this book to help members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints better understand the history of the Book of Mormon, a work revered as scripture by the Church’s members. . . . Although we cite scholarly sources, we intend this book for general readers.” Between ourselves, Bill and I have called this book a “crossover” volume because we are trying to bridge the gap between Church history scholars and the general membership of the Church. We feel that general readers can benefit from excellent work done by scholars in recent years, but many general readers won’t approach works written by scholars for scholars. By using the story form and colorful photos, we hoped to entice general readers to taste the fruits of scholarship.

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