I ask because Kishkumen and others have recently made some interesting posts re: the OP topic that deserve not to be swallowed up in mg’s “trolling for Mormon Jesus” technique* (which I fully admit I have contributed to myself. Mea culpa.)
(*based on his own admission:
”Believe it or not, periodic participation on this board (then jumping off for a while) actually increases my faith and testimony in the truth claims and mission of the CofJCofLDS.”)
For example, re: Kishkumen’s first post this year:
Tomorrow will be the 6th anniversary of our epic conversation on The Late War as a contemporary influence on the Book of Mormon. This thread was so hot that I received an email from BYU recommending that I slow down and conceding the basic point of influence. The author’s name will remain unknown.
Is anyone curious about that email from BYU? Not asking for the author Kish, but WOW. That seems like quite the email to receive. Any further details you could add would be fascinating.
And then this:
Kishkumen wrote:Philo Sofee wrote:Did anything of substance ever come of any of this? Or was it decided that, after all, we still don't have any modern source(s) for the Book of Mormon for sure other than Smith's imagination? Is anyone still doing an studies and comparisons and analysis?
Nothing that I know of yet. The best work of this kind is actually William Davis’ work on John Bunyan’s influence on the Book of Mormon. In many ways, I think his work is much more significant than the discovery of The Late War.
I’ve read William Davis’ 2012 article in the LA Review of Books written by William Davis that discusses the relationship between Bunyan's writings and the Book of Mormon, it was fascinating, so thanks for the reminder, Kishkumen.
(here's an excerpt from that article:)
...In fact, based on my years of extensive research and discoveries, Holy War provides what may be the most comprehensive collection of parallel narratives bridging the Book of Mormon to Bunyan’s texts: battles between light- and dark-skinned combatants to the point of annihilation, siege warfare and battle strategies, seditious factions and civil strife, secret cabals attempting to seize government control, righteous men who are heroic captains of war, and even a personal visitation of Jesus Christ and his establishment of a righteous society.
The parallel narratives are ubiquitous and systemic, appearing with sustained consistency throughout the entire narrative of the Book of Mormon. Indeed, reading the Book of Mormon is tantamount to reading John Bunyan’s many works condensed into a single volume.
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/hid ... f-mormon/#
William Davis’ dissertation was on the oral performance aspect of the Book of Mormon, which was discussed briefly in this thread.
Has William Davis, or anyone else written further on this connection between the Book of Mormon and Bunyan’s work?