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Secret Combinations and Flaxen Cords: Anti-Masonic Rhetoric and the Book of Mormon
|Title||Secret Combinations and Flaxen Cords: Anti-Masonic Rhetoric and the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2003|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Anti-Mason; Early Church History; Historicity; Nineteenth-Century American History; Oaths; Rhetoric; Secret Combinations; Smith, Joseph, Jr.|
Some critics of the Book of Mormon claim that Joseph Smith drew certain terminology from his nineteenth-century environment. In particular, they suggest that terms such as secret society and secret combination may reflect anti-Masonic rhetoric from the period or even that the term flaxen cord has Masonic overtones. This article traces many varied uses of secret combination in nineteenth-century writings that have nothing to do with the Masons. The appearance of these terms in the Book of Mormon does not weaken the historical claims of the Book of Mormon.
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