We are reading Grant Hardy’s book Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide together and I am really enjoying it.
It’s making me think about why certain things are included – and not for “Why does this apply to me?” reasons. It’s interesting to see the overall project, and how Mormon uses the stories both for local “lessons” or history, but also because of how that story develops his overall lesson and history.
Last night, we read where Hardy suggested that Mormon prepares us to understand passages with allusions to other moments in Nephite history. For example, we are prepared for where Christ says that the Lamanites were baptized with fire and the Holy Ghost and did not know it, because Mormon includes that story. Or, he explains all about the 2,000 stripling warriors & their family situation first, so that when we read Helaman’s letter we can fill in the gaps. It really struck me as a productive and interesting way to read the Book of Mormon! And I wonder what else he includes so that we can understand 3 Nephi, specifically?
Just a question so far, I’ll work on answers soon. Do you have any?