Investigating the Book of Mormon Witnesses

by Richard L. Anderson

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Published in every edition of the Book of Mormon are the testimonies of eight witnesses who saw the metal plates from which the prophet Joseph Smith translated the ancient scriptural account and of three witnesses who not only saw the plates but who were shown them by an angel. Who were these witnesses? Can we take their testimonies seriously?

In this carefully researched, thought-provoking book, Dr. Richard Lloyd Anderson presents evidence from original sources on each of the eleven witnesses and concludes: “Statements clearly traced to the witnesses verify the testimonies printed in the Book of Mormon . . . After years of working with their lives and their words, I am deeply convinced that their printed testimonies must be taken at face value.”

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Richard L. Anderson

Richard Lloyd Anderson is a research historian and review editor for The Joseph Smith Papers and coeditor of the second volume of the Journals series (published 2011). His degrees consist of a BA, history, Brigham Young University; MA, classics, BYU; JD, Harvard Law School; and PhD, ancient history, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Understanding Paul, Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage, Investigating the Witnesses of the Book of Mormon , study guides on the life and teachings of Christ and early apostles, and many articles on early Christian history and early Mormonism. He is coeditor of the Documentary History of Oliver Cowdery. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as an aviation radioman. He retired as emeritus professor, BYU, after nearly forty years of teaching history and religion. Awards include Honors Professor of the Year and Phi Kappa Phi Award for Scholarship and Citizenship.

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something to contend with
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is a goldmine. The research that went into this book was very thorough. The methodology was clearly explained and is very sound. Anyone that has a spec of honesty in their soul has to at least consider the possibility that these witnesses really saw the plates as they claimed throughout their lives. For the believer, it will add solid evidence to your testimony. You will also improve your ability to evaluate historical claims and better sift through much of the pseudo-history that is out there. I highly recommend this book.

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