Tag: Jaredite

BOOK OF MORMON ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LUNATIC FRINGE: JOSE DAVILA, JOHN BREWER, AND THE ANCIENT RECORDS OF CENTRAL UTAH

In the 1960s-1970s, Jose Davila and John Brewer independently discovered and translated various Nephite and Jaredite writings in central Utah. Though they regarded themselves as scientists, Davila and Brewer modeled their enterprise on the Joseph Smith story and the LDS prophetic tradition and actively sought acceptance by Church authorities and Mormon academics. After some initial …

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