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Was Joseph Smith Guilty of Plagiarism?

TitleWas Joseph Smith Guilty of Plagiarism?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsTvedtnes, John A.
JournalFARMS Review
KeywordsEarly Church History; Old Testament; Plagiarism; Quotation; Revelation; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Translation

Joseph Smith has been charged with plagiarism in the Book of Mormon and his own revelations, largely because of lengthy biblical quotations (which, in each instance, have been credited to the Old Testament prophet whose words are being cited). Numerous examples in the Old Testament show that prophets freely borrowed verbiage from another. In the nineteenth century, newspapers reprinted material, often without attribution.