“Noah Webster and the Book of Mormon”



An actual photo of an early Nephite fort


Back in 1995, Matthew Roper published a short article responding to a “startling discovery” that some well-known anti-Mormons had made regarding the Book of Mormon:  They had, they said, identified one of the sources supposedly used by Joseph Smith in order to forge his yarn about the Nephites and the Lamanites.  Similarities of words and phrases between it and the Book of Mormon were simply too striking to be coincidental.


That article has now been republished at “Ether’s Cave,” the excellent blog about the Book of Mormon that Matt Roper produces with the help of John Gee:





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New Testament 194
His most famous line from the 1964 Republican convention in San Francisco
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  • RaymondSwenson

    If someone wanted to find an example of an earthen fort in Joseph Smith’s environment, there is Fort Stanwyx in Rome, the scene of an important Revolutionary War battle where the stubborn defense of the main route between the Great Lakes and the Hudson prevented the British from cutting the United States in two. It has been restored.by the National Park Service and sits smack in the middle of town. It is an interesting irony that, with the advent of gunpowder, the medieval stone castles were much more vulnerable to cannon attack than forts made of earth, causing a reversion to earthen ramparts of a more primitive age. Of course, Stanwyx owed something to the American Indian fortifications that had long existed. If the Book of Mormon had described stone castles, it would have conflicted with modern archeology and history, but its description of earthworks simply reflects reality. About as neutral a fact as mentioning the use of spears and arrows.