Hugh Nibley



Download Full Text (11.9 MB)

Download Front Matter (51 KB)

Download Editor's Introduction: Hugh Nibley and the Joseph Smith Papyri (177 KB)

Download As Things Stand at the Moment (734 KB)

Download Challenge and Response (423 KB)

Download Qualified for What? (269 KB)

Download Facsimile 1: A Unique Document (1.7 MB)

Download Facsimile 1: By the Figures (5.3 MB)

Download The Unknown Abraham (886 KB)

Download The New Abraham (210 KB)

Download Judging and Prejudging the Book of Abraham (101 KB)

Download What, Exactly, Is the Purpose and Significance of the Facsimiles in the Book of Abraham? (309 KB)

Download The Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham: A Response (84 KB)

Download The Meaning of the Kirtland Egyptian Papers (1.8 MB)

Download Conclusion: Taking Stock (189 KB)

Download Appendix: "A New Look at the Pearl of Great Price" (58 KB)

Download Index of Passages (78 KB)

Download Index of Subjects (183 KB)


Originally published in 1957, An Approach to the Book of Mormon is Dr. Hugh Nibley’s classic work on the Book of Mormon. A gifted scholar with expertise in ancient languages, literature, and history, Nibley shows numerous details in the Book of Mormon narrative to be in accord with cultural traits of the Middle East.

He examines Lehi as a representative man of his time, the Jews and the caravan trade, Lehi’s Arab and Egyptian connections, politics in Jerusalem, the pioneer tradition, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Apocrypha, Lehi’s dreams, proper names, Old World ritual in the New World, the Jaredite barges and shining stones, and many other fascinating topics.

By establishing the Book of Mormon securely in an ancient setting and historical framework, this pioneering study answers criticisms, illuminates the complexity and historical accuracy of the book, places it alongside the Bible and other great works of antiquity, and points the way for further research.



Owning Institution

Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Deseret Book Company

Publication Date



Religion | Religious Education

An Approach to the Book of Abraham