The Lost Book of Mormon - A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri-logo

The Lost Book of Mormon - A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri

Avi Steinberg

Is the Book of Mormon the Great American Novel? Decades before Melville and Twain composed their great works, a farmhand and child seer named Joseph Smith unearthed a long-buried book from a haunted hill in western New York State that told of an epic history of ancient America, a story about a family that fled biblical Jerusalem and took a boat to the New World. Using his prophetic gift, Joseph translated the mysterious book into English and published it under the title The Book of Mormon. The book caused an immediate sensation, sparking anger and violence, boycotts and jealousy, curiosity and wonder, and launched Joseph on a wild, decades-long adventure across the American West. Today The Book of Mormon, one of the most widely circulating works of American literature, continues to cause controversy-which is why most of us know very little about the story it tells. Avi Steinberg wants to change that. A fascinated nonbeliever, Steinberg spent a year and a half on a personal quest, traveling the path laid out by Joseph's epic. Starting in Jerusalem, where The Book of Mormon opens with a bloody murder, Steinberg continued to the ruined Maya cities of Central America-the setting for most of the The Book of Mormon's ancient story-where he gallivanted with a boisterous bus tour of believers exploring Maya archaeological sites for evidence. From there the journey took him to upstate New York, where he participated in the true Book of Mormon musical, the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant. And finally Steinberg arrived at the center of the American continent, Jackson County, Missouri, the spot Smith identified as none other than the site of the Garden of Eden. Threaded through this quirky travelogue is an argument for taking The Book of Mormon seriously as a work of American imagination. Literate and funny, personal and provocative, the genre-bending The Lost Book of Mormon boldly explores our deeply human impulse to write bibles and discovers the abiding power of story. From the Hardcover edition.

Is the Book of Mormon the Great American Novel? Decades before Melville and Twain composed their great works, a farmhand and child seer named Joseph Smith unearthed a long-buried book from a haunted hill in western New York State that told of an epic history of ancient America, a story about a family that fled biblical Jerusalem and took a boat to the New World. Using his prophetic gift, Joseph translated the mysterious book into English and published it under the title The Book of Mormon. The book caused an immediate sensation, sparking anger and violence, boycotts and jealousy, curiosity and wonder, and launched Joseph on a wild, decades-long adventure across the American West. Today The Book of Mormon, one of the most widely circulating works of American literature, continues to cause controversy-which is why most of us know very little about the story it tells. Avi Steinberg wants to change that. A fascinated nonbeliever, Steinberg spent a year and a half on a personal quest, traveling the path laid out by Joseph's epic. Starting in Jerusalem, where The Book of Mormon opens with a bloody murder, Steinberg continued to the ruined Maya cities of Central America-the setting for most of the The Book of Mormon's ancient story-where he gallivanted with a boisterous bus tour of believers exploring Maya archaeological sites for evidence. From there the journey took him to upstate New York, where he participated in the true Book of Mormon musical, the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant. And finally Steinberg arrived at the center of the American continent, Jackson County, Missouri, the spot Smith identified as none other than the site of the Garden of Eden. Threaded through this quirky travelogue is an argument for taking The Book of Mormon seriously as a work of American imagination. Literate and funny, personal and provocative, the genre-bending The Lost Book of Mormon boldly explores our deeply human impulse to write bibles and discovers the abiding power of story. From the Hardcover edition.
More Information

Description:

Is the Book of Mormon the Great American Novel? Decades before Melville and Twain composed their great works, a farmhand and child seer named Joseph Smith unearthed a long-buried book from a haunted hill in western New York State that told of an epic history of ancient America, a story about a family that fled biblical Jerusalem and took a boat to the New World. Using his prophetic gift, Joseph translated the mysterious book into English and published it under the title The Book of Mormon. The book caused an immediate sensation, sparking anger and violence, boycotts and jealousy, curiosity and wonder, and launched Joseph on a wild, decades-long adventure across the American West. Today The Book of Mormon, one of the most widely circulating works of American literature, continues to cause controversy-which is why most of us know very little about the story it tells. Avi Steinberg wants to change that. A fascinated nonbeliever, Steinberg spent a year and a half on a personal quest, traveling the path laid out by Joseph's epic. Starting in Jerusalem, where The Book of Mormon opens with a bloody murder, Steinberg continued to the ruined Maya cities of Central America-the setting for most of the The Book of Mormon's ancient story-where he gallivanted with a boisterous bus tour of believers exploring Maya archaeological sites for evidence. From there the journey took him to upstate New York, where he participated in the true Book of Mormon musical, the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant. And finally Steinberg arrived at the center of the American continent, Jackson County, Missouri, the spot Smith identified as none other than the site of the Garden of Eden. Threaded through this quirky travelogue is an argument for taking The Book of Mormon seriously as a work of American imagination. Literate and funny, personal and provocative, the genre-bending The Lost Book of Mormon boldly explores our deeply human impulse to write bibles and discovers the abiding power of story. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

P.J. Ochlan

Length:

8h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:59


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:36


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:16


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:34