Tag: Joseph Smith Papers Project

The Book of Abraham Crisis: A History

by Christopher C. Smith Christopher C. Smith is a PhD candidate at Claremont Graduate University and is completing a dissertation on early Mormon views of Native Americans.   Stage 1, 1860–1861: Théodule Devéria   The first hints of difficulties with the Book of Abraham appeared in the late 1850s when French scholar Théodule Devéria wrote …

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SL10364: Oliver Cowdery’s Rod of Nature

Masonic, magic, and religious lore regarding the rod of Aaron simmered in the burned-over district during the Second Great Awakening. Oliver Cowdery had already received revelations through a rod before meeting Joseph Smith, who revealed that Oliver would translate ancient texts just as Joseph had with seer stones. When the Joseph Smith Papers Project published …

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