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Volume 24:4 (Fall 1984)


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BYU Studies here presents a special issue (originally published just before the Hofmann forgeries were exposed) collecting Mormon scholarship on the mythic folk religion and money digging that surrounded the Smith family in early New York years. Ronald W. Walker offers a survey of the extensive tradition that lies behind folk-magic practices. Marvin S. Hill probes the range of supernaturalism around the Prophet and also the larger religious context of his reaction to it. And Richard L. Anderson moves to the question of whether Joseph Smith was involved in searching for treasure after Book of Mormon translation.