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An insider's view of Mormon origins, Grant H. Palmer

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An insider's view of Mormon origins
Title
An insider's view of Mormon origins
Statement of responsibility
Grant H. Palmer
Title variation
Mormon origins
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The author of this exceptionally clear & thoroughly documented book is an active, fourth-generation Mormon, a 34-year professional historian and Mormon-studies director at college-level religious institutes. From the Preface: 'I, along with colleagues, and drawing from years of research, find the evidence employed to support many traditional [official Mormon] claims about the [Mormon] church to be either nonexistent or problematic.' Chap. 1: (Joseph Smith as Translator/Revelator) concludes that Jos. Smith 'mistranslated a number of documents' including the Book of Abraham, used the King James Bible extensively in constructing the Book of Mormon, also weaving in many 19th century concerns, and that the Book of Mormon is of 'no value in trying to learn more about ancient America or the Middle East.' Chap. 2: (Authorship of the Book of Mormon) concludes that the Book of Mormon is most likely a 19th-century production pieced together from sources demonstrated to be available to Smith, and therefore not a translation from ancient metal plates which, in any case, were not used and often not even present during dictation to scribes, done by looking not at plates but into a hat with a stone placed in it, often separated from his scribe by a blanket hung between them. This chapter also mentions DNA evidence demonstrating that the origin of Native Americans is not as claimed in the Book of Mormon. Chap. 3: (The Bible in the Book of Mormon) demonstrates the King James Bible as source for numerous reworked Book of Mormon stories, many anachronisms and King James translators' errors copied in this erroneous form into the Book of Mormon. Quote: 'Why would God reveal to Joseph Smith a faulty [mistranslated] KJV text?' Chap 4: (Evangelical Protestantism in the Book of Mormon) concludes that numerous theological issues addressed in the Book of Mormon probably derived from Smith's Upstate New York religious environment than from the claimed ancient gold plates. Chap 5: (Moroni and the Golden Pot) examines a long list of parallels between a published story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Smith's account of the angel Moroni's visits. The chapter concludes, 'It would stretch credulity to believe that this [long list of parallels between Hoffmann's Golden Pot story and Smith's Moroni story] could be a coincidence, and I therefore think that a debt is owed to E.T.A. Hoffmann and the European traditions ... ' Chap. 6: (Witnesses to the Golden Plates) concludes that, despite the LDS Church's current claims, the evidence shows that none of the eleven witnesses claimed to have actually seen the physical gold plates, instead visualizing them 'with spiritual eyes' in a prayer-induced trance state. Chap. 7: (Priesthood Restoration) concludes that Smith's claim to have been personally ordained by John the Baptist, Peter, James and John as resurrected beings, was not at all what Smith originally claimed, but instead evolved over a number of years from the original claim that didn't involve any beings such as the above four New Testament figures. Chap. 8: (The First Vision) concludes that the LDS Church's official claim that Joseph Smith claimed to have been visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ as two separate beings 'is not supported by the historical evidence' either in the number of beings alleged seen or in the year and circumstances as now officially claimed"--Amazon.com
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Palmer, Grant H.,
Dewey number
289.3/09034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Mormon Church
Label
An insider's view of Mormon origins, Grant H. Palmer
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
1. Joseph Smith as a translator / revelator -- 2. Authorship of the Book of Mormon -- 3. The Bible in the Book of Mormon -- 4. Evangelical Protestantism in the Book of Mormon -- 5. Moroni and "The Golden Plot" -- 6. Witnesses to the golden plates -- 7. Priesthood restoration -- 8. The first vision
Control code
ocn986243217
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 281 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781560853008
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
illustrations, map
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not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)986243217
Label
An insider's view of Mormon origins, Grant H. Palmer
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
1. Joseph Smith as a translator / revelator -- 2. Authorship of the Book of Mormon -- 3. The Bible in the Book of Mormon -- 4. Evangelical Protestantism in the Book of Mormon -- 5. Moroni and "The Golden Plot" -- 6. Witnesses to the golden plates -- 7. Priesthood restoration -- 8. The first vision
Control code
ocn986243217
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 281 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781560853008
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)986243217

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