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Manuscript Found: The Complete Original "Spaulding Manuscript"

2.4 of 5 stars 2.40  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Brigham Young University Press
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This book was interesting because of it's basic premise, which is that an ancient Roman galley is cast away on the coast of North America. The story line is a little uneven and wanders off from the initial premise, leading the reader to two ancient North American civilizations. There the story sort of breaks down into a kind of Romeo and Juliet romance of two young lovers from warring tribes. As a woman reader, I would have liked the author to have focused more on the young lovers, but he chose ...more
OK - so I skimmed some parts, but very funny that this was the original thesis in the 1800s at the time of Joseph Smith for his original source material for the Book of Mormon. The storyline isn't even close to the BoM. View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith would be closer to the mark but even that thesis has its flaws (see discussion here:, and wasn't put forward until well after Joseph died.
Funny that people think Joseph Smith ripped this off to make the Book of Mormon. They aren't similar in any of the ways that matter. Yes it's about people that came over seas to America and two peoples against each other... But that's nearly where the similarities stop.

On its own... This is a particularly ridiculous story written by ignorance in a time full of ignorance.

Btw - I am neither endorsing or opposing any religious... Anything by this review.
Interesting read. It's the Spaulding Manuscripts, which some people claim where the basis Joseph Smith used to write the Book of Mormon. After reading it, I can comfortably dismiss that theory (not that I was ever convinced of its potential).
Oct 15, 2008 GEJ rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mormons
Includes references to horses, elephants and iron working in North America like BOM but not enough similarities to make me put any weight to the idea that it was used as a source for the BOM.

Interesting story but it would be a big stretch to say it had anything to do with the Book of Mormon
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