In the first half of the nineteenth century there was great interest in the origin of the American Indians... The remains of a dead or dying culture aroused much curiosity in people who frequently unearthed those remains. Speculation, specious scholarship, and superficial similarities gave birth to the idea that the American Indians were the descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, which had been carried into captivity by the Assyrians in the eighth century before Christ." (Pg. 3) "One of the most interesting of these books to students of the Book of Mormon is Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews 1825... which advocated the theory of the Hebraic origin of the Indians... He also used biblical prophecy to bolster his thesis." (Pg. 4) "This statement by Joseph's mother (i.e., about his evening 'recitals' of 'the ancient inhabitants of this continent') conclusively demonstrates his great interest in the ancient inhabitants of this continent as early as 1824, one year after the first edition of Ethan Smith's book was published. Where did Joseph Smith get his information? He either made it up, or he got his information from books available to him at this time... If he combined the available information with an active imagination, we have all the ingredients necessary for Joseph to write the Book of Mormon!" (Pg. 5) "Some of the similarities between the Book of Mormon and 'View of the Hebrews' are so notable and striking that B.H. Roberts, Mormon apostle and historian, was deeply enough impressed with them that he made a study of them." (Later published as Studies of the Book of Mormon.) (Pg. 6)
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