Book of Mormon Authorship

New Light on Ancient Origins

Charles D. Tate

Since 1830, millions of people have read the Book of Mormon and become convinced that Joseph Smith’s account of its ancient origins is correct. Others, however, assume that the book must be a fraud. The Book of Mormon describes peoples, cultures, history, and lands largely unknown to the 19th-century world. But today we enjoy a relative wealth of information about those times and peoples, providing a background against which the Book of Mormon’s claims of ancient origin can be tested. This volume brings together a collection of initial efforts to mount such tests. Although first published in 1982, these nine essays have not been outdated or refuted by subsequent studies. The evidence and conclusions they put forward are just as persuasive today as when they were first published.

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Charles D. Tate

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Charles D. Tate

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the 1996 Reprint Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • B. H. Roberts and the Book of Mormon
  • Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon
  • Nephi's Outline
  • The Book of Mormon as an Ancient Book
  • Two Shots in the Dark
  • Through the Arabian Desert to a Bountiful Land: Could Joseph Smith Have Known the Way?
  • Who Wrote the Book of Mormon? An Analysis of Wordprints
  • The Book of Mormon and the American Revolution
  • The Credibility of the Book of Mormon Translators
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  • Edition: 2
  • ISBN 13: 884944697
  • Page Count: 256
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