Date: June 12, 2018 11:20PM
J. Smith Jr was adept at plagiarizing many, many sources for his new religion: View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith (no relation), quoted pg 220 over 40 direct parallels, 3 editions published seven years before the Book of Mormon,
The Spalding Manuscript (Captain Moroni, Standard of Liberty, etc.),
Pilgram's Progress (i.e. story of Abinadi & Alma, Lehi, etc.)
Shakespeare, (quotes from Hamlet),
Three Degrees of Glory and other writings that compose the Plan of Salvation from Emanuel Swedenborg.....
Also there is a claim that it largely plagiarizes Marco Polo..
not the first to publish claims that the American Indians were Jews.....http://www.mormonhandbook.com/home/view-of-the-hebrews.html
quotes and close quotes from the KJV Bible including errors in the publicationhttps://infidels.org/library/modern/curt_heuvel/bom_kjv.html
Masonic ceremonies in Mormon temple ordinanceshttps://www.exmormon.org/journey/journey_g.htm