Joseph Smith and the Origins of The Book of Mormon, 2d ed.

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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

Bibliographic Details

David Persuitte
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 336
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2000
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0826-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8403-4
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“invaluable for the vivid account it gives of Smith’s background, his personality, and the turbulent first years of his church…the crispest, best-structured account…excellent”—Free Inquiry; “carefully researched…thoughtfully presented”—The Journal of Mormon History; “intriguing…copious…extensive bibliography…excellent…highly recommended”—Imagine; “extremely worthwhile reading for any serious student of Joseph Smith and the religion he founded in 1830…a book fully worthy of reading…a valuable service”—Mormonism Research Ministry.