It’s quite interesting to see the negative reaction to this book, kinda reminds me of the intense opposition to the original edition of 1830. I’ve studied the Book of Mormon for 50 years and have perhaps 30 to 35 editions. This one, along with being unique in so many ways, is right down the line when it comes to the truth. With the way things are unfolding so rapidly in these last days, I don’t think it’ll be very long before the concepts in this book will be shown to be correct. How? How else.
I’m standing with men like Elder Hartman Rector when I say that this is amazing and exciting. Scholars have been and continue to be wrong about many things, just put a little trust in common sense, study with faith and see what happens.
Serious Mormon scholars have panned this book for its poor scholarship and many misleading statements.
To quote one scholar, Stephen Owen Smoot, who did an extensive review of this book: "The Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon is riddled with misinformation, misrepresentation, special pleading, and a host of additional dubious and erroneous claims. These many problems are not simply innocuous mistakes. They represent an egregious disregard for the even the most basic standards of scholarship."
Do not put your faith in faith-promoting falsehoods like those in this book, no matter how exciting they may be.
A better alternative to this book is Grant Hardy’s "Maxwell Institute Study Edition of the Book of Mormon."
We have thoroughly enjoyed connecting the Book of Mormon with the wonderful research and insights provided in this Annotated Edition! We have personally researched much of the information in this book and love the pictures that go along with their explanation. One thing that fascinates us is that a lot of the research has been done by people who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have taken the bus tour of the mounds in Ohio and surrounding states, along with Church history sites. We also purchased copies for our children and siblings. My mother has especially enjoyed connecting the research with what she has been reading in the Book of Mormon all her life. This is a great addition to our Church library!
I bought a case of 8 of these books and gave them out a to family members and close friends right around conference for an early Christmas gift. I love it and more importantly, my family loves it. I have had family members that haven't really studied the Book of Mormon in years pick this up and read through it. The added pieces of evidence are compelling and add to the richness of the text of the sacred record of the Book of Mormon. I love the focus on what prophets and members of the first presidency have said on the matter of where the promised land is and where the Book of Mormon took place which is one and the same as the promised land. It is so nice to see some accurate artwork finally come out. I feel that at least in my family this book helps us to understand the promised land and the covenant that we have with this land along with help preparing for the future of this land. It is nice for my children to have something to use for reference when they have questions about the text. I am planning on purchasing more. My advice to you would be to read it... borrow it from a neighbor or get it but read it for yourself look at the information for yourself and decide for yourself don't let others make the decision for you and go to the place where all truth comes from just as it says in Moroni this works for everything. I am glad that Deseret book has books from differing viewpoints they should. I am glad that there are people that are researching and writing but please find out for yourself.
I've had this one for several months now and given it a fairly good look over. Pure garbage. Bad writing and horrendous research. If you want a book to make your kids feel good for a while, and then send them eventually spiraling onto a faith crisis, this is it.
Don't waste your money or desecrate your faith with the pablum in here.
There are a lot of good books that present defensible research and arguments about geography and the Book of Mormon. Unfortunately, this book does not seem to fit into that category. This book truly contains an irresponsible amount of information that includes known forgeries, unsubstantiated claims, and a lot of misrepresentation of both science and history. While the intentions here may be good, this book will likely do more harm than good both for those who read it and for those who will be entirely turned-off from an otherwise-interesting topic due to the obvious inaccuracies the annotations in this book include.
The Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (AEBOM) is lined with purported evidence, both archaeological, anthropological, linguistic, and genetic, that the events of the Book of Mormon took place in the "Heartland" of the United States. However, many of the artifacts presented throughout the book have either been declared fraudulent (e.g. the Bat Creek Stone and the Newark Holy Stones) or are met with heavy skepticism by experts.
This is no surprise, though, because not a single credentialed scholar contributed to the AEBOM. The editors, Rod Meldrum and David Hacking, have no background in archaeology, anthropology, Near Eastern studies, linguistics, or any field relevant to the study of ancient texts like the Book of Mormon. Accordingly, the book is littered with factual errors and misrepresentations in each of these areas. For example, Meldrum has spent many years presenting his amateur opinion on Native American DNA and why Haplogroup X is evidence for Jews in ancient North America, but it has been refuted multiple times by geneticists. They still included it in this book, though.
Members of the Church who are interested in a rigorous study of the Book of Mormon should avoid the AEBOM and look elsewhere for resources.
I give this one star for including the Book of Mormon text.
Don't spend your money for that which has no worth. This is fool's gold; it looks good on the surface, but none of it stands up. The people who worked on it don't appear to know Hebrew or any other Semitic language, they make use of forgeries which James E. Talmage denounced a century ago, etc. This is building testimony on quicksand; the foundation here is not firm, but extremely shaky. Put no trust in it at all.
Deseret Book should be embarrassed to sell this. Might as well include a free vial of snake oil.
For years I have loved and read the Book of Mormon, but never have I so enjoyed my reading experience more than when I read this Annotated edition. The way the editors show the Hebraisms in context, and the way the colors provide a visual queue as to who is speaking. Even my 4 year old, who cannot read, loves to open the book and look for the red text, "Look Daddy, Jesus!" she exclaims everytime she sees the red text or the many beautiful works of art that feature his visage. Whenever I come to one of the insights that occur every 6 or 8 pages in the book, its like a little field-trip into Book of Mormon historicity. So many things from Church history that I have never read before. Like when Joseph wrote that the angel told him the record was "a history of the ancient aborigenes that once inhabited this country." The text then points out that in 1834 when that was written, "this country" consisted of 26 states found in the eastern half of what is now the USA. Then the editors point out that if we place an exclamation point after the prophet's words, we only need to examine who and what were the "ancient aborigines" of that specific region. AMazingly, there are two and only two ancient civilizations found in that region. The two correspond perfectly with Jaredite and Nephite timeframes. Is that just lucky coincidence? Or is it possible Joseph Smith as a prophet knew what he was talking about? Then in another place, the insight page points out that the only place that Hebrew (middle eastern) DNA has ever been found in the Western Hemisphere just happens to be in that same general region. It is amazing to see how many times the prophets are proven right in this publication. Like when the first mission to the Lamanites led to the Seneca, the Ojibwah and the Sac & Fox tribes... those three just happen to have the highest concentration of Hebrew DNA of all the native American tribes. Was that just another crazy coincidence? When an exclamation point is placed after the prophets' words, rather than a question mark it becomes a totally faith-affirming experience for the reader. I can't stop talking about this book with everyone I encounter, family, friends, strangers even. It's beyond words how much this work has strengthened my testimony in the literal historicity of the Book of Mormon and the truth of what the prophets have spoken for 190 years.
This is an amazing book! Our grandchildren love it because of the wonderful photographs and paintings, and we love it because of the ease in reading and understanding. The use of paragraphs, different colors of print to distinguish when the Lord speaks, when an angel is speaking, and when prophets are those giving the narrative makes reading much easier, and more understandable. Lots of historical information included. We have recommended this to many people, and so far all have thanked us profusely. Well worth the price to have this in your home.
This is one of the best gifts I have ever been given. I simply could not put it down, and neither could my son. This Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon has opened a level of study and understanding that I have been hungry for. I absolutely love it and it is now a treasured addition to our large library. I'm purchasing several for gifts.