Verse by Verse, the Book of Mormon Volume 1: First Nephi - Alma 29

by D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

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Do you want to expand and deepen your study of the Book of Mormon? If so, you will find what you're looking for in this commentary written by gospel scholars D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner.

This volume is the first of a two-volume, reader-friendly exploration of the book of scripture that is the keystone of our religion.

It incorporates sound doctrinal commentary with quotations from General Authorities and explanations of difficult passages—all sprinkled generously with the authors' own experiences to illustrate great lessons and personal applications.

Interspersed with the commentary are feature articles that offer new glimpses into such topics as angels who have come to earth, names and titles of God, Israel and Zion in Latter-day Saint usage, the Isaiah chapters of First and Second Nephi, the allegory of the olive tree, and prophecies of Christ.

Highly informative and easy to read, this commentary on the Book of Mormon provides stimulating views that complement the scriptures. It will be treasured by anyone who wishes to understand more fully the teachings of those whom the Lord called in the land of promise to testify of him.

About the Authors

D. Kelly Ogden

D. Kelly Ogden is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. His doctoral work focused on the Hebrew language and historical geography of biblical lands. He has walked the length and breadth of the Holy Land and climbed Mount Sinai eighteen times. Dr. Ogden has written numerous books and articles on the Bible, especially during the fourteen years he lived in the Near East. He was associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center and assisted in the preparation of the Latter-day Saint edition of the King James Bible. He has served as branch president in Jerusalem, mission president in Chile, Missionary Training Center president in Guatemala, and sealer in the Provo Utah Temple. He and his wife, Marcia Hammond Ogden, are the parents of four children.

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Andrew C. Skinner

Andrew C. Skinner is a former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and founding executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU. He is Professor of Ancient Scripture and Near Eastern Studies at BYU, a member of the international advisory board of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, author of several books and over 200 articles and encyclopedia entries on religious and historical topics. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, holds masters’ degrees from Iliff School of Theology and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in European and Near Eastern history from the University of Denver. He pursued graduate studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and taught at BYU’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies on several occasions. He taught Military History at the University of Colorado and Ricks College and was the recipient of a U.S. Military Academy Fellowship in U.S. military history. He is married to Janet Corbridge Skinner.

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Despite my critical points, this has been an excellent resource!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book has been a delightful addition to my scripture study. It's for the "average" LDS person. If you are a scholar, look for more intense books by Gileadi. If you want something that is simply an introduction to help you get the ideas presented, then The Book of Mormon Made Easier: Part 1 might work better for you.

As a long-time member who wants to reach more depth, some history, and quotes related to the scriptures, this book suited me well.

On criticism, the book occasionally goes into occasional conjecture. "It is obvious that he had his calling and election made sure"...where it would have been more solid to say this scripture states "...." which indicates his calling and election was made sure. A few times their information seemed more opinion than research. And some other things where the one "like unto Moses" may be a future prophet was eliminated on the assumption that it was Joseph Smith. It would be nice to know be presented with possible interpretations on some of the scriptures where they seem clearly to believe one way. They DO include alternative interpretations on some of the verses.

Finally, some people are upset that every single verse isn't covered--that in some cases, a section of verses instead of addressing each one individually. I believe that the authors wrote what they could and what they felt was important. There are already two volumes, so obviously it is well covered!

There were a few times where I wished for more information. For that, there is a reference online that may be of assistance. Search the terms: lds scripture citation index where you can look for a scripture and find conference talks that have quoted it. It's much more tedious than these Verse by Verse books, but for the few you really want to know more, it could help!

Despite any criticisms, this book opened up a lot for me. I loved the quotes presented (wish there were more!) and the interesting details which added testament to the truthfulness. (like how Nephi went DOWN into the wilderness and back UP to Jerusalem)..indicating the topography that he traveled. I never thought of that!

I look forward to reading the scriptures each night. Sometimes I'll read this book first and then the scripture segment. or vice versa. Some nights I only read one or the other...but it has enhanced my experience and understanding of the scriptures. I can't say I ever found Nephi's quoted sections of Isaiah to be as simple as I do now (and I've read several books on that!)

I've purchased Book two. As well as the Old Testament versions. Very valuable to me! You won't regret any time reading these with your scriptures.

Does not provide verse-be-verse summary
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was very disappointed with this book and its companion volume. Neither provides a verse-by-verse summary as stated in the title.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Throughly enjoyed reading the Book of Mormon with the insights and thoughts provided by the authors. I have sent copies of both books to relatives as gifts.

I love it!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

It is perfect for me to use with my daily scripture study. I love the insights in the commentary.

Great Book.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The authors are among the tops in the Church. This is a great book as far as the content. It does have one problem with function. The copy function doesn't work. It highlights the text and the copy tab shows it copying, but when I try to paste to a document there is nothing to paste. The information in this book is too valuable not to be able to have this function. I hope you can fix it.

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