The Spalding Enigma: Investigating the Mysterious Origin of the Book of Mormon

The Spalding Enigma: Investigating the Mysterious Origin of the Book of Mormon

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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 To answer these questions, this book critically examines key historical documents, personal testimonies, and records of 19th-century Mormon history to examine this “Spalding Enigma.”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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947707139
Publisher: St. Polycarp Publishing House
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Edition description: Readers' ed.
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith


Interpretation of Frequently Used Terms

Dramatis Personae





The Letter

Red Herring

Hat Trick


Family Plot

The Elusive Oliver

The Gold Bible Business

The Mysterious Stranger




Appendix I: A Chronology of Joseph Smith, Jr.: 1822-1830

Appendix II: The Detroit Manuscript

Appendix III: How to Make an Angel, & Other Miracles: Three Letters of Jesse J. Moss and other References

Appendix IV: Excerpt from Vernal Holly’s Book of Mormon Authorship: A Closer Look, and letter from Judge Joel King Noble to Prof. Jonathan Baldwin Turner (March 8, 1842)

Appendix V: The Cephas Dodd Hoax

Appendix VI: Solomon Spalding’s “The Frogs of Windham”

Appendix VII: The Cowderys Move Westward: Cowdery Family Migrations to Vermont, New York and Ohio; A Chronology: 1785-1830

Appendix VIII: Emma Smith’s 1845 Letter to the New York Sun

Appendix IX: Circumstances Surrounding Martin Harris’ 1828 Visit to Professor Robert Anthon of Columbia University

Appendix X: Facts and Statistics Regarding Travel in the Early 19th Century

Appendix XI: Selected Excerpts from the 1831 Letters of Ezra Booth

Appendix XII: Solomon Spalding’s Land Transactions: 1798-1812

Appendix XIII: The Curious Story of Solomon Spalding at Locust Hill

Appendix XIV: The “Wood Scrape” Incident

Appendix XV: Book of Mormon Wordprint Analysis

Appendix XVI: Religious Material in The Book of Mormon and the King James Bible Conundrum

Appendix XVII: Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Appendix XVIII: “Manuscript Found” and the Moroni Myth: The Importance of Being Honest (revised)

Index of Main Text

Index of End Notes

About the Authors

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