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Expanded Scholars' Edition
Where did The Book of Mormon come from? Who was Solomon Spalding and what connection did his manuscript have with Joseph Smith? To answer these questions, this book critically examines key historical documents, personal testimonies, and records of 19th-century Mormon history to examine this “Spalding Enigma.”
The authors have spent decades collecting and analyzing evidence to conclude that The Book of Mormon is an “adaptation of an obscure historical novel” written by Revolutionary War veteran Solomon Spalding during the War of 1812. They assert that Mormon founders Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Joseph Smith Jr. adapted and embellished the Spalding manuscript to create The Book of Mormon.
Follow along with Wayne Cowdrey (a relative of Oliver Cowdrey’s family), Arthur Vanick, and Howard Davis as they pursue this enigma and present the evidence for you to draw your own conclusion.
This Expanded Scholars’ Edition contains extensive notes and appendices. A concise Readers’ Edition is also available.