Book of Mormon/Translation

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Translation of the Book of Mormon

Summary: What do we know about the method used to translate the Book of Mormon? Were the plates sometimes not in the room while Joseph was translating them? It is claimed that each sentence and word in the 1830 Book of Mormon "had supposedly come directly from God."

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Book of Mormon Translation method

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Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon translation was performed by the "gift and power of God"

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The lost 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript

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The Anthon transcript

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Eyewitness descriptions of the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated

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The weight of the Book of Mormon "gold plates"

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Book of Mormon translation timeframe

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Modification of the italicized text in Book of Mormon Biblical passages

Summary: It is claimed that in the Book of Mormon material which parallels the KJV, Joseph Smith generally modified the italicized text.

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Artistic depictions of the Book of Mormon translation

Summary: People are sometimes troubled when they see artists' depictions of the Prophet and Oliver sitting at a table while Joseph views the plates as they sit in plain sight. Obviously, the plates never sat exposed in plain view, and these artistic interpretations originate purely in the mind of the artist. Some accounts indicate that the plates sat on a table covered with a cloth "in plain view," with Emma indicating that she actually moved them around in order to perform her household chores.[1]

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Location of the plates during translation

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Relationship of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible to the Book of Mormon

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Notes

  1. Interview of Emma Smith by her son Joseph Smith III, "Interview with Joseph Smith III, 1879," Dan Vogel (editor), Early Mormon Documents (Salt Lake City, Signature Books, 1996–2003), 5 vols, 1:541–542.