The Testimony of Two Nations
About the BookLike the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible, the Book of Mormon uses narratives to develop ideas and present instruction. Michael Austin reveals how the Book of Mormon connects itself to narratives in the Christian Bible with many of the same tools that the New Testament used to connect itself to the Hebrew Bible to create the Christian Bible. As Austin shows, the canonical context for interpreting the Book of Mormon includes the Christian Bible, the Book of Mormon itself, and other writings and revelations that hold scriptural status in most Restoration denominations. Austin pays particular attention to how the Book of Mormon connects itself to the Christian Bible both to form a new canon and to use the canonical relationship to reframe and reinterpret biblical narratives. This canonical context provides an important and fruitful method for interpreting the Book of Mormon.
“Filled with powerful and often brilliant insights, The Testimony of Two Nations brings sharply into focus the rich affordances of the Book of Mormon for diverse readerships--religious and secular, academic and general. A remarkable achievement; a gift.”--Matthew Wickman, author of Literature after Euclid: The Geometric Imagination in the Long Scottish Enlightenment