The Testimony of Two Nations

How the Book of Mormon Reads, and Rereads, the Bible
Author: Michael Austin
Understanding the Book of Mormon on its own terms and through its two-way connection with the Bible
Cloth – $110
Paper – $25
eBook – $19.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/02/2024
Cloth: 01/02/2024
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About the Book

Like 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.

About the Author

Michael Austin is the Provost of Snow College. His eight books include Vardis Fisher, winner of the Association for Mormon Letters Award for Best Criticism. He is also a recipient of the Association of Mormon Letters Lifetime Achievement Award.

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"Austin’s text is highly readable and accessible to most readers looking to supplement their study of the Book of Mormon and the Bible. . . . a timely reframing of how to view the primary text of Christianity with the primary text of the Restoration movement." --Association for Mormon Letters


“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