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|Title||KnoWhy #507 - Was Joseph Smith the "Author" of the Book of Mormon? (Title Page)|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Copyright; Early Church History; Joseph Smith; Laws; Legal; Oliver Cowdery; Translation|
The 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon named Joseph Smith as the "author and proprietor" of the book. This has caused some to wonder if the Prophet gave conflicting accounts about his role in bringing forth the Book of Mormon, since later editions name him as the "translator" of the book. This KnoWhy explores the question of why Joseph could be both the "author" and the "translator" of the Book of Mormon by the 19th century definitions of the words.
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