A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon

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Product Code: XB362
Title: A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon
Author: John Christopher Thomas
Publisher: CPT Press
Price: $25.00
Date: 2016
Pages: 477
Additional Info: A Literary and Theological Introduction


From back cover:

In this monograph, Pentecostal New Testament scholar John Christopher Thomas offers a constructive, critical reading of the Book of Mormon that focuses on a variety of issues often under-represented in the literature currently available. Utilizing narrative analysis Thomas begins with an investigation of the book's overall structure detected by means of literary markers in the text. He next presents an extended reading of the narrative contents of the book focusing on its literary and theological dimensions. This close reading enables the construction of a 'Theology of the Book of Mormon' that explores the major theological emphases that emerge from a narrative analysis of the book. The study next traces the book's reception amongst followers and opponents alike, as well as its impact in the areas of music, art, and disastrous interpretations of the book. The Book of Mormon and Pentecostalism are then placed into dialogue through historical analyses of early Pentecostal thought on the book and the movements it spawned, before a comparison of the theological heart of Pentecostalism and the book is given. Finally, issues of origins are discussed by an examination of the earliest story of the book's origins, the major complications of this story, and the proposal of a taxonomy of various reading strategies offered in the light of these complications.

Seeking to maintain an irenic and constructive tone throughout, this work should serve both to acquaint interested readers with the Book of Mormon and to encourage candid, thoughtful, and respectful conversations about the book between those who hold it to be Scripture and those who do not.

Table of Contents



Part One: The Structure of The Book of Mormon

Part Two: The Content of The Book of Mormon

Part Three: The Theology of The Book of Mormon

Part Four: Reception History of The Book of Mormon

Part Five: Pentecostalism and The Book of Mormon

Part Six: Book of Mormon Origins


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