In the latest podcast, we discussed the two sets of plates, the problems with groupthink among scholars, and more:
Although I uploaded the nonbiblical intertextuality database to Kindle for everyone to have access, I continue to add to it from time to time. For those interested, I occasionally post some of the additions to the dailyJonathanEdwards blog, along with other comments.
Here's a recent post as an example.
In my view, the Edwards influence expands the text of the Book of Mormon much the same way that the KJV influence does. Seeing how Edwards used the nonbiblical terminology helps us understand the meaning of this terminology in the Book of Mormon.
An example is the law of Moses. The Book of Mormon refers to the "law of Moses" 43 times. (The Old Testament uses the phrase only 15 times, and the New Testament only 7 times.) Yet the Book of Mormon never explains the law of Moses. A reader unfamiliar with the Bible would have no idea what the law of Moses included. We need the Bible to understand what the Book of Mormon means by the phrase "law of Moses."
We have a similar situation with the nonbiblical terminology in the Book of Mormon.
Recently I saw a podcast that discussed the nature of "hell." The speaker didn't seem to realize that the Book of Mormon uses the term more frequently than the Bible (59 times vs OT (31x) and NT (23x).
We can gain lots of insights into the Book of Mormon by understanding how Edwards used the nonbiblical language.
The Deseret News published an important article about the UN Declaration of Human Rights, here: