View of the Hebrews: Substitute for Inspiration?

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View of the Hebrews: Substitute for Inspiration?

Author William L. Knecht Author Spencer J. Palmer

Recent imputations against Joseph Smith contain the charge that the Isaiah chapters of the Book of Mormon were purloined by the Prophet from a popular book first published in 1823 by a Protestant clergyman named Ethan Smith, under the title View of the Hebrews: Exhibiting the Destruction of Jerusalem; the Certain Restoration of Judah and Israel, the Present State of Judah and Israel; and an Address of the Prophet Isaiah Relative to Their Restoration. Joseph Smith's detractors look upon this alleged act of plagiarism as a betrayal of his claim of a sacrosanct origin of the Book of Mormon. Fortunately this allegation can be tested empirically.

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