Was the Book of Mormon a novel written by the late author Solomon Spaulding?

It seemed like Spaulding's style.


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  • 1 decade ago
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    no... and every book in the Book of Mormon is written in a different style. It wasn't all written by the same person.

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  • 4 years ago

    Let’s see: Joseph plagiarized the Solomon Spaulding Manuscript, A View of the Hebrews, and other writers of the day. And even Shakespeare. It's also claimed that The Book of Mormon was the product of Joseph's fertile imagination. So which is it? I find it interesting that when any of these claims are proved false, the critics charge that the document(s) in question is not the correct document, but the critics are never able to produce this ‘correct’ document. One thing you have to remember also, is the pages which were stolen. Joseph was told not to retranslate them because the critics had altered them to make claims against the church. These could easily be claimed to be some lost transcript of a different author which Joseph copied. The main problem with these claims is that as time goes by, there is more and more evidence coming to light which proves the Book of Mormon that were unknown to the populace in the 1800s. In the 1800s southern Africa was ‘known’ to be a barren desert with no oasis whatsoever. With the advent of satellite imagery, these oasis have been discovered and one, Wadi Sayq which matches the description in the Book of Mormon. Following the path Lehi and his group traveled from Jerusalem to that wadi and the places they stop have been found, also unknown in the 1800s. There is also the Hebraisms and Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon which no writer in the 1800s used, because they were not rediscovered until the 1920s. Plus, programs which analyze writing styles and authorship of books have determined that the Book of Mormon was written by numerous authors, none of them Joseph Smith or any other author of the 1800s. Critics like to overlook these things, even claiming that they were made up to sway their readers and believers from see what was really made up. And for those that claim that Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith planned this together. Oliver Cowdery was in a different state organizing his own religion when the Book of Mormon was published. He did not meet Joseph until months later.

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  • Ender
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Have you read both the books? They're hardly similar? Sure there are a couple of things that overlap, however, what book has no themes that ever overlap or look similar to any other piece of written literature? You could claim that every book in the Library of Congress was plagiarized if that was your logic.

    Spalding's book (along with "View of the Hebrews") focuses on some of the obvious point that there are traces of ancient Hebrew words (among other things) in Native American language, culture, and history.

    The writing styles are hardly similar. The message is far from the same. Joseph Smith and Spaulding had no contact at all. There were abundant witnesses to the fact that Joseph Smith produced and published the Book of Mormon, not Solomon Spaulding.

    Did you forget the fact that Spaulding was a PREACHER? I don't know of a single contemporary preacher that liked and approved of Joseph Smith.

    I think Spaulding's book is truly fascinating, however, it is hardly the same book as the Book of Mormon. It's a bit like saying that The Odyssey was written by Shakespeare because both books have protagonists. It's a really pathetic argument.

    Additionally word print analysis of the Book of Mormon demonstrates that it has as many different authors as it claims to have, and none of them were Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdry, or Solomon Spaulding.

    While Mormon-haters try to make this claim, there's abundant evidence to the contrary and no evidence to support this claim.

    For anyone who's interested, here Solomon's book:


    And here is The Book of Mormon:


    Additionally, you'd have to address the point of how it was that the Book of Mormon was published as a true story, not fiction, when it went exactly contrary to what the scholars "knew to be true" about the Americas 180 years ago. However, as the decades have passed, the Book of Mormon is more true today than the day it was published. That, is a difficult feat, and one that is not accomplished through plagiarism.

    It's worth noting that it was BYU that published the manuscript to make it available to people for scrutiny and to demonstrate the weak argument that this is.

    Fawn Brodie advised her fellow anti-Mormons to give it up as a hopeless effort. Even the staunch anti-Mormons have given up using this to refute the Book of Mormon.

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  • 1 decade ago

    And you think this because you have read the Book of Mormon and something written by Spaulding? Or are you just pulling it off some anti-Mormon website.

    Simple answer to simple question, no Spaulding did not write The Book of Mormon.

    Source(s): LDS
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  • 1 decade ago

    No, have you actually read it yourself and compared it or are you simply parroting old false claims of plagiarism?

    Even Fawn Brodie advised her fellow anti-Mormons to give it up as a hopeless effort. After the Spaulding manuscript became available, BYU became the first and only publisher of this manuscript to make it possible for people to read it for themselves - and to see just how unrelated it is to the Book of Mormon.

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  • phrog
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    1 decade ago


    "I wrote, with my own pen, the entire Book of Mormon (save a few pages), as it fell from the lips of the Prophet Joseph Smith, as he translated it by the gift and power of God . . . . Sidney Rigdon did not write it. Mr. Spaulding did not write it. I wrote it myself, as it fell from the lips of the Prophet."

    ----Oliver Cowdery, who served as the principal scribe during the majority of the Book of Mormon's translation

    Today's supporters of the 'Spaulding theory' simply ignore the inconvenient fact that the manuscript bears no resemblance to the Book of Mormon.

    All that is left to the theory is a nonexistent document which they can claim says anything they want.

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  • Kerry
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    No it was not. THe Book of Mormon is a "collection" of books each written by different authors/prophets who lived on the America continent. Each prophet/author records his testimony of Christ. All of the prophets/autors of the Book of Mormon have that in common: they speak of and testify of Jesus Christ.

    The first prophet wrote in 600 BC. The last prophet wrote around 400 AD. One of the last autor's was named Mormon, and abridged the record, hence the entire work is called the Book of Mormon. But there were many authors.

    Source(s): Lifelong Mormon
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  • 1 decade ago

    Check this out.

    Pretty interesting.

    According to word print analysis, the answer is no.

    EDIT: Then google "Word Print Analysis Book of Mormon" and find some results that you want.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, and this has already been refuted long before either of our grandparents were born.

    Source(s): Agnostic who studied Mormonism, both pro and anti books.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

    What Phrog said......

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