Joseph Smith and the Origins of The Book of Mormon, 2d ed. (Google eBook)

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McFarland, 2000 - Religion - 336 pages
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Just as a growing interest in millennialism at the turn of this century has rejuvenated religious debate and questions concerning the fate of the world, so did Mormonism develop from millennial enthusiasm early in the nineteenth century. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and a provocative, even controversial figure in history, declared that he had been given the authority to restore the true church in the latter days. The primary source of Smith's latter-day revelation is The Book of Mormon, and to fully understand his role as the founder of the Mormon faith, one must also understand The Book of Mormon and how it came to be. Unfortunately, the literature about Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon is permeated with contradiction and controversy. In the first edition of this impressive work, David Persuitte provided a significant amount of revealing biographical information about Smith that resolved many of the controversies concerning his character. He also presented an extensive comparative analysis positing that the probable conceptual source for The Book of Mormon was a book entitled View of the Hebrews; or the Tribes of Israel in America, which was written by an early New England minister named Ethan Smith. Now in an expanded and revised second edition incorporating many new findings relating to the origin of The Book of Mormon, Mr. Persuitte's book continues to shed much new light on the path Joseph Smith took toward founding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  

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This is one of the most one sided views of the Book of Mormon. It's really pathetic. I firmly believe that this author did not read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. If he did he completely evaded many if the questions that would arise if you believe what is written in this book. I personally have read the Book of Mormon almost 20 times cover to cover, I promise you this is not an exaggeration. If one has read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and analyze and study it, you will find that if you believe this authors ideas the Book of Mormon begins to create gaping holes in thus authors claims, and eventually it completely falls apart.  

Contents

V
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VII
11
VIII
20
IX
33
X
40
XI
54
XII
64
XIII
76
XXIV
184
XXV
201
XXVI
214
XXVII
225
XXVIII
231
Turmoil in Zion
232
XXX
241
XXXI
251

XIV
89
XV
99
Another Book of God?
100
XVII
106
XVIII
120
XIX
135
The Comparisons
136
XXI
147
XXII
165
XXIII
174
XXXII
253
XXXIII
254
XXXV
259
XXXVII
268
XXXIX
281
XLI
297
XLII
298
XLIII
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XLIV
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Page 22 - It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said (pointing to the other), THIS is MY BELOVED SON, HEAR HIM.

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About the author (2000)

Technical writer and editor David Persuitte lives in Washington, D.C.

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