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|Title||"Idle and Slothful Strange Stories": Book of Mormon Origins and the Historical Record|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||David Whitmer; Early Church History; Eight Witnesses; Emma Smith; Gold Plates; Joseph Smith; Martin Harris; Oliver Cowdery; Other Witnesses; Three Witnesses; Translation|
From the very beginning, Joseph’s story about the origins of the Book of Mormon seemed wild and unbelievable. Today, however, Joseph’s account enjoys a high degree of corroboration from (1) eyewitness accounts confirming Joseph’s possession of actual metal plates and other artifacts, with some even corroborating the involvement of an angel in providing access to the record; (2) eyewitness reports on the process of producing the text; and (3) evidence from the original manuscript. This evidence is reviewed here, and the implications it has for the Book of Mormon’s origin are considered.
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