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Zarahemla Revisited: Neville’s Newest Novel

TitleZarahemla Revisited: Neville’s Newest Novel
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRoper, Matthew, Paul J. Fields, and Larry Bassist
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsBook of Mormon Geography; Early Church History; Mesoamerica; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Winchester, Benjamin

This article is the third in a series of three articles responding to the recent assertion by Jonathan Neville that Benjamin Winchester was the anonymous author of three unsigned editorials published in Nauvoo in 1842 in the Times and Seasons. The topic of the unsigned editorials was the possible relationship of archeological discoveries in Central America to places described in the Book of Mormon narrative. The first article shows that, contrary to Neville’s claims, Winchester was not a proponent of a Mesoamerican setting for the Book of Mormon, but rather a hemispheric one. Since this was a view commonly held by early Mormons, his ideas did not warrant any anonymity for their dissemination. The second article shows that, also contrary to Neville’s claims, Joseph Smith was not opposed to considering Central American geographic parallels to the Book of Mormon. The Prophet even seemed to find such possibilities interesting and supportive of the Book of Mormon. This third article shows that despite Neville’s circumstantial speculations, the historical and stylometric evidence is overwhelmingly against Winchester as the author of the Central America editorials.