Joseph Smith and the Origins of The Book of Mormon, 2d ed.
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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Who wrote the Book of Mormon?
According to his enemies Joseph Smith would have had to read and study “A view to the Hebrews,” “The Late War,” “Philosophy of a future state,” Solomon Spaulding’s manuscript,” “The Book of Napoleon,” The star in the West,” “the study of war,” “The Apocrypha” etc. etc. then carefully extrapolate the phrases, stories, ideas, geography, and military nous, from each book, along with everything else and fit it into the Book of Mormon, tricking his various scribes during the process into believing the Lord was revealing it to him before their very eyes.
Then convince Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Martin Harris and many others that he was a Prophet of God and that they had seen angels and visions, and would go to their graves, declaring on their deathbeds that it was all true - All from a farm boy with little education.
Intertwined in the Book of Mormon would be fulfillment of prophecy from the Bible such as Ezekiel 37:15-17 and the 29th chapter of Isaiah.
(Question: What is the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph Ezekiel referred to?
Question: What is the marvellous work and wonder Isaiah referred to and the sealed book?)
He would have to write doctrine not found anywhere else in recorded scripture and include it in the Book of Mormon, regarding the atonement and its purpose, the relationship between justice and mercy, infant baptism, and the declaration in 2 Nephi 2, that “There must needs be an opposition in all things.”
In addition, he would have to write the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price and revise the Bible, all in his spare time, while ducking and diving from persecutors and false accusers, spending some time in prison on trumped up charges, going in and out of court, all the while leading and developing a fledgling church and still for much of that time, in his twenties.
He was accused of being an imbecile, a charlatan, a genius, illiterate, and the creator of voluminous writings. He was a coward with the courage of a lion. A dunderhead and inspired leader of men.
In our day, almost 200 years since he lived on earth, he has spawned websites innumerable and influenced millions to believe him while millions of others dedicate much of their lives and time to try to destroy his work and teachings.
Men of the highest ability laugh him to scorn. Men of the highest ability laud his name and seek counsel from him as was prophesied.
The ends of the earth continue to enquire after his name while fools hold him in derision (D&C 122:1-2)
He sealed his testimony with his own blood along with his faithful brother Hyrum.
Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
I gather you will be able to assess which side of the fence I am on.
A suggestion: Read the Book of Mormon first - then the other stuff. Try Alma chapters 48 - 62. The complexity of the geography alone is mind boggling and you will not find any of it in any of the books previously cited.
Is there opposition in all things? Try this one...
The Book of Mormon is chloroform in print. The greatest miracle is to be able to read it without being bored to death - Mark Twain
In his The Lost Book of Mormon,“Avi Steinberg, a self-described ‘fascinated nonbeliever’ . . . nominates the Mormon scripture as a Great
American Novel, or, failing that, as a priceless artifact from the Old, Weird America—a uniquely American product, like jazz music and superhero comics, that deserves our attention.
In a review of Steinberg’s book in the San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Manseau says the Book of Mormon is “without a doubt one of the most remarkable books ever written.
One of the most remarkable books ever written and chloroform in print? I guess Lehi was right - there is opposition in all things!
Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
This is an excellent work. It appears the book of Mormon was entirely plagarized from Manuscript Found by Solomon Spalding.
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