Insider's View of Mormon Origins

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Signature Books
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Here is a frank discussion of current issues occupying historians of Mormon origins. The author is a recently-retired LDS Institute director. He looks at parallels to Mormon thought and lends a critical eye to claims from all sides. In particular, he considers the Book of Abraham, E. T A. Hoffman, the Eleven Witnesses, the First Vision, priesthood, and the reliability of spiritual feelings as a guide to historical truth. This is a must-read for historians and beginners alike.

Author Biography

Grant H. Palmer (M.A., American history, Brigham Young University) is a three-time director of LDS Institutes of Religion in California and Utah, a former instructor at the Church College of New Zealand, and an LDS seminary teacher at two Utah locations. Now retired, his hobby is pigeon fancying. He has four children and eight grandchildren. He and his wife live in Sandy, Utah

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Joseph Smith as a Translator/Revelator
Authorship of the Book of Mormon
The Bible in the Book of Mormon
Evangelical Protestantism in the Book of Mormon
Moroni and ``The Golden Pot''
Witnesses to the Golden Plates
Priesthood Restoration
The First Vision
Conclusion 259(6)
Selected Bibliography 265(4)
Index 269

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