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Relics, Graves, and the Treasure Quest

Samuel Morris Brown

in In Heaven as It Is on Earth

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793570
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932511 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793570.003.0004
Relics, Graves, and the Treasure Quest

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This chapter discusses Joseph Smith's early participation in treasure seeking but considers it from the perspective of grave robbery and negotiations with the dead over their physical artifacts. This approach to the problem makes clear the strength of the continuities between Smith's early treasure seeking and his later religious career. The Book of Mormon very clearly functions as a legacy or relic of America's dead, interred in an ancient mass grave at the Hill Cumorah in Western New York.

Keywords: treasure seeking; grave robbery; legacy of the dead; Book of Mormon; Hill Cumorah

Chapter.  7132 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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