Joseph Smith and the Book of Enoch

The Influence on Mormon Theology

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About the Book

The sources of Joseph Smith’s literary works remain the most enigmatic aspect of Mormon history. The Book of Mormon, Book of Moses, Inspired Bible and Book of Abraham are just a few of Joseph Smith’s “translation projects” that feature prophecies and visions of the ancient prophet Enoch. As Joseph Smith was writing his translations in 1821, author Richard Laurence revived interest in the prophet through his English translation of the ancient Hebrew text, the Book of Enoch.
For decades, some historians have denied that Joseph Smith ever had access to the Book of Enoch, but many reserve the possibility that it directly influenced Smith’s works. The authors of this book document the many stark similarities between the Book of Enoch and Smith’s Mormon texts. Using source analysis and historical context, the authors identify the uniquely Mormon words, storylines, imagery and concepts that appear in Richard Laurence’s translation of the ancient religious text.

About the Author(s)

Mark Lines is a trial lawyer, in practice over 20 years and licensed in Federal District and state courts of Arizona, and in Utah. He has taught continuing legal education seminars to licensed professionals and attorneys both in Arizona, and at national level seminars. In 2010, he was admitted as a member of the prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers of the national Community Associations Institute. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Lines
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 9 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9015-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4780-7
Imprint: McFarland