Taking the Book of Mormon Seriously as History

While we often focus on the spiritual messages of the Book of Mormon, the Book of Mormon itself is not written as a mere collection of sermons or prophetic teachings. In order to take it seriously on its own terms, we need to pay closer attention to the Book of Mormon as historiography–”an account written by the hand of Mormon” and others containing “an abridgment of the record” of at least two ancient historic peoples.

There are at least three areas where I think we can profitably pay more attention–

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