Hansen: Finding treasure and other wealth (in Jewish tradition) fits the spiritual schema of redemption. By examining folklore, responsa, etc, lessons can be drawn to better understand Mormonism. Bruno: Alchemist were a “necessary agent of creative transmutation: a priest in a hallowed, ancient priesthood; a son of the Widow; a knower of creation’s ancient secret; a digger after hidden treasure.” England will be a focus. Reed: Vicarious work for the dead, particularly among German and other Christian treasure seekers. As the granting of three wishes freed an otherwise trapped Genii, treasure guarding spirits could be freed from their trapped/limbo state.
Cheryl Bruno, Michael G. Reed, Allen Hansen