Davis Bitton



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Download Mormon Funeral Sermons in the 19th Century (178 KB)

Download Introduction (154 KB)

Download Acknowledgments (20 KB)

Download Baptized, Consecrated, and Sealed: The Covenantal Foundations of Mormon Religious Identity (173 KB)

Download Parley P. Pratt and the Pacific Mission: Mormon Publishing in "That Very Questionable Part of the Civilized World" (208 KB)

Download The Rise and Decline of the LDS Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-1996 (198 KB)

Download Mormon Intruders in Tonga: The Passport Act of 1922 (184 KB)

Download Nephite Kingship Reconsidered (211 KB)

Download Nephi and His Asherah: A Note on 1 Nephi 11:8-23 (260 KB)

Download A Singular Reading: The Maori and the Book of Mormon (197 KB)

Download Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon (181 KB)

Download Resist-Dyeing as a Possible Ancient Transoceanic Transfer (239 KB)

Download Pre-Columbian American Sunflower and Maize Images in Indian Temples: Evidence of Contact between Civilizations in India and America (180 KB)

Download Doubled, Sealed, Witnessed Documents: From the Ancient World to the Book of Mormon (236 KB)

Download Festivals as Context for Exchange in the Great Basin-Columbia Plateau Region of Western North America (188 KB)

Download A Bibliography of the Published and Unpublished Works of John Leon Sorenson (178 KB)


This multidisciplinary volume of essays was written by colleagues and former students of John L. Sorenson as a tribute to his lifetime of contributions to our understanding of Book of Mormon and anthropological scholarship.

The contributing authors present their original research findings on such diverse topics as nineteenth-century Mormon funeral sermons, the question of Nephite kingship, the Isaiah commentaries in the Book of Mormon, early Mormon publishing efforts in the Pacific Mission, and evidences of transoceanic diffusion in pre-Columbian times.



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Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies

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Religion | Religious Education

Mormons, Scripture, and the Ancient World: Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson