“Death Cannot Conquer the Hero Again”

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:
“Death Cannot Conquer the Hero Again”

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This chapter recounts the story of Joseph Smith's death in 1844 at the hands of a vigilante mob. It describes the myriad ways Mormons used martyrdom images to describe Smith's death and his ongoing involvement as an angelic benefactor on behalf of the church. The chapter helps to situate Mormon oaths of vengeance within a view of divine retribution and details Mormon martyrdom rhetoric before Smith's death. It also recounts the conflicts between Smith's church heirs and his family over his physical relics and his legacy.

Keywords: martyrdom; Joseph Smith's death; vengeance

Chapter.  10286 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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