The purpose of this study is to determine and present as completely as possible the Book of Mormon's contribution to the historicity of the Old Testament's events and characters in order that teachers may have another instrument for the effective direction of learning in Old Testament history. Therefore, it is the purpose of this study to determine and point out to the teacher the areas in which the Book of Mormon complements the Old Testament, and sustans its truthfulness as a historically accurate record.
It is the hypothesis of this study that the Book of Mormon has much to contribute to the student of Old Testamenet literature. In an age of higher criticism of the Old Testament as a historically accurate record, many of the great names in this field of study have rejected not only the traditional authorship of many of the Old Testament books, but also have seriously questioned the actuality of events such as the creation story, the flood, the exodus, and the twelve tribes coming into Canaan. Indeed, important characters such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have been treated as artificially created partriarchal prototypes by some critics.
College and Department
Religious Education; Ancient Scripture
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hainsworth, Jerome C., "The Book of Mormon as an Instrument in Teaching the Historicity of Old Testament Events and Characters" (1964). Theses and Dissertations. 4738.
Book of Mormon, Bible, O.T., Old Testament, Criticism, interpretation