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Seerhood, Pure Language, and the Silence of the Grave

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/9780199793570.003.0006
Seerhood, Pure Language, and the Silence of the Grave

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This chapter explores the early Mormon concept of “seerhood” as a prophetic encounter with the dead. Specifically, a seer recovers the voices of the dead “from the dust.” Through an account of seerhood, this chapter demonstrates Mormons’ novel concept of scripture, their distinctive primitivism, and the centrality to Mormonism of the quest for pure language as a way to connect to lost generations all the way back to the Garden of Eden.

Keywords: seerhood; pure language; Garden of Eden; Adam; primitivism; voices from the dust; scripture

Chapter.  10490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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