Latter-day Saints often say that the Book of Mormon is obviously highly unusual since this complex text was generated in such a short period of time by a relatively uneducated young farm boy. But in making these assertions, we often may be relying on what we’ve heard from others without considering the details of how it actually compares to other works in literature. Just how unusual is it?
Our critics these days often point to other works to show that others (e.g., Tolkien) have done similar things. So is it really unusual?
Brian C. Hales gets into solid data and considers the multiple dimensions of the Book of Mormon to help all of us better understand what is going on with the Book of Mormon. I strongly encourage you to read “Curiously Unique: Joseph Smith as Author of the Book of Mormon,” just published in The Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.