Volume 38, No. 4
The Winter 2005 issue begins with an explanation of Mormonism through an "Afro-European" lens, looking at all aspects of the church from the structure to family life. This is followed by "A Marvelous Work and Possession: A Historicity as Post-colonialism" by R. John Williams which compares the historical skepticism directed at the Book of Mormon with that of The Travels of Marco Polo, while also looking at the stories in the Book of Mormon through a postcolonial lens. Next up is a look by Devy M. Smith at the ethnic composition of the church as well as ethnic and racial trends as the church continues to grow. Following this is "Lehi on the Great Issues: Book of Mormon Theology in Early Nineteenth-Century Perspective" by Clyde D. Ford, which argues that the Book of Mormon must be read and viewed through the lens of the time period in which it was translated, also commenting on the state of Christian scholarship in early nineteenth-century New York. Finally, we have Earl M. Wunderli who looks at the possible chiasmus in Alma 36 and offers his criticism on the claim. Also included in this issue are several personal voices, works of fiction, and a large collection of poems to choose from.
Dialogue 38.4 (Winter 2006):45–82
the original text, unfortunately, no longer exists on this earth, and we are left only with the assurances of a “translator” that the testimony contained in the record is “true,” although we do not, in fact, have even the complete text as it left the hand of the translator/scribe.
Dialogue 38.4 (Winter 2006):83–104
Thus, regardless of how one chooses to resolve the issues surrounding its origins, one must conclude that the Book of Mormon’s theological arguments should be seen as designed to be read and understood by its early nineteenth-century audience.
Dialogue 38.4 (Winter 2006):105–156
He has written about it at least four times. It reflects most of the problems with all of his extended chiasms. My argument is that he has imposed chiasmus on the Book of Mormon where none was intended.