Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon

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Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon[1] is a book written by David Persuitte. The work was first published in 1985, with a second expanded edition in 2000. It provides detailed biographical information about Joseph Smith and background information about the origin of the Book of Mormon. In the book, Persuitte provides a large number of parallels in support of the idea that Joseph Smith used an earlier work, View of the Hebrews, as a source of ideas in creating the Book of Mormon.[2]

One FARMS reviewer, L. Ara Norwood, dubbed Persuitte's book anti-Mormon.[3]

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  1. ^ ISBN 0-7864-0826-X for 2nd Edition (2000). An online preview of this edition can be found at
  2. ^ Ostler, Blake T., "The Book of Mormon as a Modern Expansion of an Ancient Source", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Volume 20, Number 1, Spring 1987, pg. 69 - online version can be found here.
  3. ^ For a review of the first edition (1985) of this book, see: Review of Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon by David Persuitte, Reviewed By: L. Ara Norwood, Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 1990. Pp. 187–204 - online at - accessed on 2/23/08