The Light of Ancient and Modern Scriptures
Welcome to Lesson 7 on the book Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage. This week I hope you will more fully understand the complementary roles the Book of Mormon and the Bible play in testifying of Christ. We're still in the Introduction. This is from pages 3-4.
The purpose of the present treatise is that of considering the life and mission of Jesus the Christ. In this undertaking we are to be guided by the light of both ancient and modern scriptures; and, thus led, we shall discover, even in the early stages of our course, that the word of God as revealed in latter days is effective in illuming and making plain the Holy Writ of ancient times, and this, in many matters of the profoundest import.c
Elder Talmage is certainly not discounting the Bible in any way here. He only wishes to shine a light on the second nation prophesied about in Ezekial 37:19:
Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
As Article of Faith 8 says:
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
The Book of Mormon has a subtitle that explains its purpose: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. As with the Bible, the Book of Mormon teaches of Christ from the perspective of those who lived on the American continent. These people, called Nephites and Lamanites, migrated to the Americas from Israel with divine guidance for the purpose of bringing to light more than one witness of Christ. As it says in 2 Nephi 29:7-8:
The earliest people in the Book of Mormon took with them their scriptures. They contained, among other writings, the words of Isaiah, which are quoted extensively. The first Book of Mormon prophet, Lehi, was a contemporary of Jeremiah. Christ visited the Nephites after His resurrection, teaching them in a manner similar to The Sermon on the Mount. The Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand-in-hand to teach of Christ with clarity.
For more on this topic please read Russell M. Nelson's excellent talk: Scriptural Witnesses.
Jeffrey R. Holland beautifully explains the connection between the Book of Mormon and Bible in context of the importance of continuing revelation in this short video.