- Paperback: 558 pages
- Publisher: Concordia Publishing House; First Edition edition (July 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758605277
- ISBN-13: 978-0758605276
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?: The Spalding Enigma First Edition Edition
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As the story goes, on the night of the autumnal equinox in the year 1827, young Joseph Smith, Jr. encountered an angel. According to Smith, this angel, whose name was Moroni, gave him an ancient book written in strange hieroglyphics on sheets of gold. Later, after Smith had translated these hieroglyphics by miraculous means, and after this translation had been duly recorded by a carefully chosen scribe, the angel came again and took the original back. Smith's translation, which he called The Book of Mormon, was published in 1830 and shortly thereafter became the a cornerstone of a new religion. Today that religion is known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--the Mormons--and Joseph Smith is the man they revere as their prophet. The inherently theocratic nature of Mormonism coupled with its obvious financial strength and political influence in today's world, explain why it might be useful to inquire further into the obscure historical origins of a faith which few, even those who are part of it, know much about.
Did Joseph Smith really get The Book of Mormon from an angel, or did it perhaps have some other, more mundane, origin?Read more ›
The authors examine tax records, census records, poll tax documents, county histories, family histories, etc.--seemingly no stone is left unturned as they carefully trace which key player in the Spalding-Rigdon controversy was where and was in a position to know what.
Most discussions of the Spalding-Rigdon theory center around the Conneaut Witnesses, the people who knew Solomon Spalding and identified his story when they heard the Book of Mormon preached to them. I was amazed to learn of the hundreds of additional witnesses whose statements had remained forgotten or undiscovered until now, especially a man to whom an embittered Rigdon "spilled the beans" after his loss to Brigham Young for the leadership of the church.
The authors painstakingly trace the Spalding Manuscript from its genesis to its final incarnation as the Book of Mormon, and all the twists and turns in between. They deal with every objection to the theory ever raised since the very beginning--such as the reliability of Hurlbut, the witnesses' accuracy, and the manuscript taken from Mrs. McKinstry's trunk, for example--and thoroughly analyze and disect them point-by-point using counterexamples, eyewitness accounts, and other sources.
Mormon apologists have long been challenging critics to a) come up with a more plausible account of the creation of the Book of Mormon than their official one, and b) come up with original material. This book succeeds masterfully at both.
I'd always had nagging questions about how the Book of Mormon came to be, but this book answered each one of them clearly and decisively. In my opinion, if you only read a single book on Mormon history, this is DEFINITELY the one. Highly recommended!
To those who vehemently discredit this book, it is completely understandable and acceptable. Your right to your faith is respected by the authors of this book in the afterword. They accept that you won't be dissuaded from your beliefs, and I firmly believe that this isn't their intent.
I started this book with the full understanding that history is an imperfect science at best. With the recent explosion of multimedia access to historical information, one may deduce from study that very few things in history are known for certain. The authors concede that the challenges of mormon history, assuming a conspiracy, are daunting due to the fact that those involved wouldn't want their history known. This same type of dilemma dates even to the time of Julius Caesar.
My enthusiasm for this book is admittedly fueled by my background.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In "Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon: The Spalding Enigma", our authors set out to accomplish a monumental task: to resurrect the Spalding theory from its premature... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas C. Hamilton
An excellent book on what you usually do not hear about the Book Of MormanPublished 20 months ago by Randolph W.
Very Interesting read. I've read many many books on the founders of this "church" and learn something new each time. There is a lot of detail in this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by gloria faylor
If you are interested in the absolute truth about the Book of Mormon you have got to read this very honest, factual, and informative book by Dr. Walter Martin! Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Trevie
There are two types of reviews of this book: Those by people who find the 700 pages of detailed historical research and 300 pages of footnotes convincing and people who find the... Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Tlaloc