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Walter Bauer, “Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity.” Dr. Bauer’s 1934 paper revolutionized the study of early Christianity. Everything written on it since then has been a reaction to his thesis that what came to be known as “orthodoxy” was just one of numerous forms of Christianity in the early centuries.
Stephen E. Robinson, “Nephi's ‘Great and Abominable Church,’” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7/1 (1998), 32–39. BYU Professor Robinson evaluates the Book of Mormon’s statements on the “great and abominable church” and identifies what organization Nephi was referring to.