The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative
Research dedicated to the discovery of similarities
The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative
Research dedicated to the discovery of similarities
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 11 2019 9:28 PM UTC +00:00.
EVEN BEFORE PUBLICATION The Book of Mormon was known as “The Golden Bible.” Anyone acquainted with the King James Bible will immediately recognize the similarities between the two books. Some of them are SO densely integrated, that even the most active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledge the Isaiah and Matthew passages alone account for nearly a third of the volume.
But leaving it there would be ignoring the other two-thirds: and THAT is where the most stunning similarities can be found.
My name is Dan Wees. I am the author of the Book of Mormon Comparative and The Handwritten Book of Mormon. I’ve been working on my current project, The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative, for the past year. This 1,500 page, three-volume set, compares in the finest detail, the similarities between the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
Though there have been other publications highlighting matches, there has yet to be a concise, verse-by-verse comparative volume in this manner.
About a year ago, I was able to gain access to a huge database of material, which was built on comparing the King James Edition Bible to not simply the Book of Mormon as it now stands, but to the original handwritten manuscripts, which I used in producing my other two books. Also unique to this research is the inclusion of the Apocrypha which was a part of the 1769 King James Bible owned by the Joseph Smith family, and considered to be of equal importance to 19th century America prior to the turn of the century.
Were you aware that Nephi (the name of the main character in the Book of Mormon) came from the Apocrypha? Here it is, in 2 Maccabees 1:36: “And Neemias called this thing Naphthar, which is as much to say, a cleansing: but many men call it Nephi.”
The first Jewish travelers in the Book of Mormon claim to have a copy of the Bible with them (The Brass Plates - through Isaiah). Critics have often shied away from comparing these books of the Old Testament; which in my opinion is a grave error, as much of the Book of Mormon is heavily influenced by its pages.
I’m navigating the minefield of the database verse-by-verse and posting spreadsheets of the results at BOMsource.com within “The Book of Mormon: Likely Sources.” This site, which will ultimately house a wide variety of possible resources for the Book of Mormon, is mostly dedicated to the Bible, although the early verses have a few alternative references.
The temptation to utilize the most common similarities would be more than mundane; it would be excruciating. If you’re interested in instance numbers alone, then you need to spend hours in “Likely Sources” evaluating the thousands of pages posted there. The student doesn’t need to study the fact that it “came to pass” appears (on the average) three times per page in the Book of Mormon and nearly 500 times in the King James Bible. Although valuable insight, the commonality is less telling than the unique.
At the time of this writing, I just completed comparing the 18th chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon. Again, if you want to view the minutia, go to “Likely Sources.” But as an example of how the Bible and Book of Mormon are integrated, allow me to present the final words of the chapter, in verse 43.
“And it came to pass that his servants took him and carried him in unto his wife, and…
…laid him upon a bed; and he lay as if he were dead for the space of two…
…days and two nights; and his wife, and his sons, and his daughters mourned over him, after the manner of the Lamanites,…
…greatly lamenting his loss.”
Bible students will immediately sense the similarity to the story of Lazarus.
This sort of exercise could easily be done with similar success with just about any book from that era claiming to have a biblical feel to it. Because the Bible is more than 1,500 pages long, sequences of two or three words are very common. However, once you get to 4-word strings and beyond, the similarities become very interesting.
Here’s a case in point: Alma 18:43 has more than 3,200 exact 3+ word string matches. Yes, this SINGLE verse. Multiplying an average of 3,000 matches to 6,000 verses, there is the potential for more than 18 million 3+ word string matches to the Bible found within the Book of Mormon.
The goal is to focus on matches which might be a bit more unique, since there is little value in pointing out the commonplace, as they could have been inspired by numerous sources. I’ll select the best of those 3,200 matches to highlight in this new book.
I’d like to mention a few of the ways I document the data, to help the student...
The verse from the Book of Mormon is shown in the left column, while the comparative information from the Bible is located on the right. All words of significance are in BLACK or RED BOLD type. The BOLD-BLACK text may or may not be exact matches, but they are certainly worth highlighting. A very good example of this is the second Bible verse down in the right-hand column: 1 Kings 17:19. “took him” and “and carried him” are exact matches, but “his own bed” is not. However, in comparing “his own bed” to “a bed” you find great significance without exactness. The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative will focus on exact matches but will also highlight other words which leave little doubt as to a correlation.
The words in BOLD-RED type are exact word strings which occur only ONE TIME in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The 5-word string at the top, from Judith in the Apocrypha reads “his servants took him, and.” You will not find this exact string anywhere in the Old or New Testament, and only this singular time in the Book of Mormon.
What of the underlined words in BLACK from Exodus? This means that “his wife and his sons, and” six-word string only happens this singular time in the Bible but happens MORE than once in the Book of Mormon. This explains why it is not underlined in the LEFT column. These exact words surfaced earlier in Mosiah 2:5.
Notice the words “Lamanites” and “lamenting.” NON-Biblical words are italicized and are emphasized this way to give the student a quick glimpse at words that are normally either a bit more modern or are ones which are unique to the Book of Mormon.
Each verse in the Book of Mormon will have a 3+ word string sequence within a set of forward slashes. “/came to pass/” is the one in this verse. This is a way to highlight the string that most commonly surfaces as a biblical match. Of the many matches in this verse, “/came to pass/” happens 391 times in the Old Testament, 66 times in the New Testament, and 23 times in the Apocrypha. A total of 480 instances. All other matches have fewer than this.
Alma 18:43 has several exact matched word strings, and this example leaves little doubt that the Book of Mormon was influenced heavily from the Bible.
“Mourned over him” is a unique string, especially when coupled with “and he laid his” (which is very close to “and laid him” in the Book of Mormon). These sorts of similarities are rampant throughout the text.
Alma 18:43 just happens to be where I paused my research to generate this campaign. On a whim, I thought, “well…what about the next passage?” Here is the first verse of Alma 19. As you look at it, you’ll see that the similarities are equally glaring, if not more.
The focus in writing over the past few years has been with the original handwritten documents. I have coalesced these two manuscripts into the Book of Mormon Comparative to show the differences between them and the current version utilized in Mormonism. As such, we have a unique look into what the original wording might have been before it was consequently changed. At times, you will discover matches which would be overlooked if you simply focused on the 21st century version.
Notice that Alma 11:1 (above) has 3 instances of words in [brackets]. In 1836, while revising the Printer’s Manuscript text, Joseph Smith changed many instances of the words “which” to “who.” I won’t offer every instance of these changes within this new book, but they are all documented in the Book of Mormon Comparative. In this verse, the change he made was from “that every man which” to “that every man who” (which is how it stands in the current edition). Changing this one word eliminated this 4-word string from any match to the Bible. The 3-word string of “that every man” surfaces 8 times in the Bible and is therefore a bit more commonplace. However, by including the original word “which” instead of the modified word “who,” it becomes a rare 4-word string match to 2nd Samuel.
The 6-word string in Matthew 2:16 is “according to the time which he.” At the time of the dictation, either the scribe heard the word “he,” or he was mistaken, as he crossed it out and inserted the word “they” above it instead. It is unclear as to why or how this mistake unfolded, but it could have been motivated by the knowledge of this passage in Matthew; changed when realizing it should be a plural form instead. Even if we drop the word “he” this is the only time that particular 5-word string appears in either book.
Exciting, huh? Everyday I’m able to discover this data it fascinates me, and it truly is the number one passion of my life right now.
Unfortunately, my finances are beginning to demand a slow down or to put the project on hold completely to get my head above water. The debt I accumulated in producing my other two books amounted to $20,000.00 and I see no way to recuperate that money, except perhaps if donations begin at my website (which would be greatly appreciated!). The same type of debt cannot be accumulated with this project.
I’m happy to announce that the first book of the set is complete, and it compares the Bible to First Nephi through Mosiah. I’m currently working on Alma, which will be the entire second volume, and Helaman through Moroni will conclude the set. If my Kickstarter goal could be satisfied, I’d be able to complete the set by the end of 2020. The higher the donations go above the goal, the more time I’ll be able to dedicate to the project, and hire additional help, so that it can be produced sooner. I wish it didn’t have to be, but everything now hinges on funding.
The appeal for this project has different facets. However, I’m finding the greatest interest in it, is with people who are faithful Christians who can hear familiar rings of the Bible when presented with passages from the Book of Mormon but would like to confirm those feelings with documentation. Without a doubt, The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative will satisfy those curiosities.
Perhaps you’re a pastor or minister to a congregation studying various religions and the types of explanations I’ve presented will help your parishioners better understand the origins of the Book of Mormon. If so, please encourage the group to contribute.
You already have a wealth of information at your fingertips free-of-charge at BOMsource.com. It is my sincere hope that the value of what I can provide in the future is worthy of your trust and dollar pledge.
I’m prepared to offer incentives in exchange for your alms. When the goal is achieved, and for a pledge of $250.00, I will send you a copy of the Book of Mormon Comparative.
A 5-pound, 750+ page tome printed in full color, detailing the differences between the original handwritten manuscripts of the Book of Mormon (in the left column) and the current edition (in the right column) with every change highlighted in RED.
This is an essential tool for any student of the Book of Mormon in seeing the evolution of the work over the past two-hundred years.
At the $500.00 level, you’ll receive the Book of Mormon Comparative as well as its companion volume The Handwritten Book of Mormon, which is equal in size.
This second book is everything from the left-hand column of the Book of Mormon Comparative without the information about the changes from the right-hand column. Since the original documents featured very little punctuation, it is presented in sense lines for easier reading.
This is also a perfect gift for active Mormons, as it represents the text as being closer to the original than anything previously available. Neither of these two volumes has any bias whatsoever and are simply new ways to view old material.
At the $750.00 level, I will send you a copy of the completed first volume of The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative (First Nephi-Mosiah).
This hardbound copy is the same size as the other two volumes listed above, but only 531 pages long.
If you’re able to contribute $1,000.00 or more to hit the goal, you will receive all three of the volumes listed above, as well as a very rare prototype of the Book of Mormon Comparative with gilded edges. This was done in a different format and with high gloss paper, and is 375 pages long, with data through Alma 35. I will also add your name to a special Kickstarter page of every future edition of The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative, as well as to all reprints of my other books.
Risks and challenges
Because of the fact that I am a printer, I have control over most of the aspects of producing this work. There is always the possibility that equipment could become difficult, but I have multiple resources to ensure everything goes smoothly. In fact, ALL of the books offered as incentives are already produced, with the exception of "The Bible to Book of Mormon Comparative." 100 copies of this book could be available within a couple of weeks notice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter