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Secret Combinations and Flaxen Cords: Anti-Masonic Rhetoric and the Book of Mormon
TitleSecret Combinations and Flaxen Cords: Anti-Masonic Rhetoric and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMouritsen, Paul
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume12
Issue1
Pagination116-118
KeywordsAnti-Mason; Early Church History; Historicity; Joseph Smith; Nineteenth-Century American History; Oaths; Rgetoric; Secret Combinations
Abstract

Some critics of the Book of Mormon claim that Joseph Smith drew certain terminology from his nineteenth-century environment. In particular, they suggest that terms such as secret society and secret combination may reflect anti-Masonic rhetoric from the period or even that the term flaxen cord has Masonic overtones. This article traces many varied uses of secret combination in nineteenth-century writings that have nothing to do with the Masons. The appearance of these terms in the Book of Mormon does not weaken the historical claims of the Book of Mormon.

URLhttps://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol12/iss1/9

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