The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism

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University of Illinois Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Religion - 213 pages
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The most detailed study yet of early Mormon thought about the "end times, " The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism shows how Mormon views of Christ's imminent second coming exerted a profound influence on Mormonism between 1830 and 1846. By exploring how early LDS interpretation of the Bible and the Book of Mormon affected, and was affected by, Mormon millennial doctrines, Grant Underwood provides the first comprehensive linkage of the history of early Mormonism and millenial thought. He also probes LDS perceptions of the institutions and values prevalent before the Civil War, reassessing Mormonism's relationship to the dominant culture and placing Mormon millenial thought in the broader context of Judeo-Christian ideas about the end of the world.
  

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Contents

The Eschatological Background of Early Mormonism
11
Mormons as Millenarians
24
Apocalyptic Dualism in Early Mormonism
42
The Bible the Mormons and Millenarianism
58
The Book of Mormon and the Millenarian Mind
76
Moderate Millenarians
97
Apocalyptic Adversaries Mormonism Meets Millerism
112
The Millenarian Appeal of Mormonism in England
127
Mormonism Millenarianism and Modernity
139
Notes
143
Index
205
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Underwood is a professor of religion at Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

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