Source:Norwood:Review of Vernal Holley, ''Book of Mormon Authorship: A Closer Look'':Vernal Holley's contribution to the issue is a plethora of parallels

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L. Ara Norwood: "Vernal Holley's contribution to the issue is a plethora of parallels...these parallels do little to establish the charge of piracy on the part of the author of the Book of Mormon"

L. Ara Norwood,

The main premise of Holley's study is that, contrary to statements by the likes of Bush, Hugh Nibley, L. L. Rice, President Joseph F. Smith, and James H. Fairchild, president of Oberlin College (where the Spaulding manuscript is now housed), there exist many similarities between the two texts. These similarities are given as evidence that the later work (the Book of Mormon) borrowed from, or was influenced by, the earlier work (the Spaulding manuscript). If that is so, then it is generally concluded that the Book of Mormon is the product of the mind of a nineteenth-century rustic whose clever trickery has duped millions of people into embracing the religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Vernal Holley's contribution to the issue is a plethora of parallels. Though interesting, these parallels do little to establish the charge (or in this case, the implication) of piracy on the part of the author of the Book of Mormon. —(Click here to continue) [1]

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  1. ↑ L. Ara Norwood, "Review of Vernal Holley, Book of Mormon Authorship: A Closer Look," Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 1:1 (1989)