What's new: 'In God's Image and Likeness 2' is a commentary on the second half of the Book of Moses

By Mike Whitmer

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, March 27 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

"IN GOD'S IMAGE AND LIKENESS 2: Enoch, Noah and the Tower of Babel" by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen, the Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, $49.99, 600 pages (nf)

In 2009, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw's commentary on the first half of the Book of Moses, "In God's Image and Likeness: Creation, The Fall and the Story of Adam and Eve," was released and received widespread acclaim. Using resources from inside and outside the Latter-day Saint community, Bradshaw offered a new vision of the messages found in the work of Joseph Smith as recorded in the Book of Moses.

Using the same principles, Bradshaw, joined by fellow researcher David J. Larsen, has produced a follow-up volume that completes the commentary for the rest of the Book of Moses, called "In God's Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah and the Tower of Babel."

The Book of Moses, considered by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be part of scriptural canon, is a fascinating and powerful example of modern revelation. Received by Joseph Smith as he worked on the translation of the Old Testament, this powerful book of scripture expands understanding on many of the events recounted in the Book of Genesis.

Not a book for the faint of heart, "In God's Image 2: Enoch, Noah and the Tower of Babel" searches out multiple sources to validate and expand on much of the revelation received by Joseph Smith in the second half of the Book of Moses. Focusing on Enoch, Noah and the time up to the Tower of Babel, Bradshaw and Larsen cite ancient and modern documents, scientific discoveries and current biblical scholarship to help the reader understand many of the experiences included in the Book of Moses.

Of special interest will be the use of original manuscripts of the Joseph Smith Translation for comparing different parts of the text. Members of the church will also find interesting insights to the symbols and practices of temple worship found in the scriptures.

Accompanied by many lush illustrations and photographs, this volume is not only a fine research and study guide, but will also offer aesthetic pleasure to those who own the tome. Bradshaw and Larsen have certainly hit a home run with this magnificent volume of research.

If you go ...

What: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen book signing

When: Friday, April 4, 1-3 p.m.

Where: BYU Bookstore, Wilkinson Student Center, Provo

Also ...

When: Saturday, April 5, 4-5 p.m.

Where: Eborn Books, 254 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City

Also ...

What: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw book signing

When: Monday, April 7, noon-1 p.m.

Where: Benchmark Books, 3269 S. Main St., Suite 250, Salt Lake City

Mike Whitmer resides in West Valley City and his email at grundelwalken@gmail.com. He blogs at mtwhitmer.blogspot.com.

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