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A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon


This book includes key documents, along with annotation, related to the origin of the Book of Mormon, from Joseph Smith’s first mention of the gold plates to the book’s publication in 1830. Smith claimed that on the night of September 21–22, 1823, an angel, later identified as Moroni, appeared to him and informed him of an ancient record, inscribed on gold plates, buried in the nearby Hill Cumorah. Smith finally obtained the plates in 1827, and, assisted by Martin Harris, began translating in 1828. After Harris lost the first 116 pages of the manuscript, however, translation essentially ceased ... More

Keywords: Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, translation, documents, ancient record, angel Moroni, gold plates, Hill Cumorah, Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190699093
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190699093.001.0001