The Reprint Series consists of papers previously published (or of publishable quality) that make a significant contribution to our understanding of antiquity, the scriptures, or other concepts related to Mormonism. Authors of papers in the Reprint Series retain copyright. See last page for order blank. With this newsletter we add:
1. Richard Bushman, "The Book of Mormon and the American Revolution" (BYU Studies, 17, no. 1 [Fall, 1976], pp. 3-20.) This comparison of colonial attitudes and passages in the Book of Mormon concludes "The Book of Mormon is not a conventional American book. Too much Americana is missing."
2. Hugh Nibley, "Strange Ships and Shining Stones: A Not SoFantastic Story" (in A Book of Mormon Treasury [Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 1959]). Nibley's twelve point analysis links the Jaredite barges with magur-boats, images of which are still extant from Sumerian and Babylonian legends of the deluge. Shining stones are associated in Talmudic literature with Noah.
3. Hugh Nibley, "The Liahona's Cousins" (Improvement Era, February 1961, pp. 87-89, 104, 106, 108-9.) Divination by arrow in the Near East is compared with the Book of Mormon's description of the Liahona.
4. Ray T. Matheny, "An Analysis of the Padilla Gold Plates" (BYU Studies, 19, no. 1 [Fall 1978], pp. 2l-40.) This rigorous physical and linguistic analysis of purportedly ancient metal plates from Mexico ooncludes that they are probably fakes.
5. Martin Raish, "All That Glitters: Uncovering Fools Gold in Book of Mormon Archaeology" (from Sunstone, 6, no. 1 [Jan.Feb. 1981] 10-15). A kindly but unsparing analysis of the most common problems with books on Book of Mormon archaeology.
6. John L. Sorenson, "The Significance of an Apparent Relationship between the Ancient Near East and MesoAmerica" (Carroll L. Riley, and others, eds. Man Across the Sea: Problems of Pre-Columbia Contacts [Austin: University of Texas Press, 1971], pp. 219-41.) A theoretical discussion of the problem followed by a very full listing of specific cultural parallels between the two areas.