St. Polycarp Publishing House Announces New Book Which Examines the Origins of The Book of Mormon

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The authors have spent decades researching the origin of "The Book of Mormon." Their new book is available May 15th.

The Spalding Enigma - Cover

The Spalding Enigma - Cover

"The Spalding Enigma" makes important contributions to the history of Mormonism... [and] American history as a whole. - Dr. Gene Edward Veith (from the Foreword)

St. Polycarp Publishing House is pleased to announce the upcoming release of "The Spalding Enigma: Investigating the Mysterious Origin of The Book of Mormon" by Wayne L. Cowdrey, Arthur Vanick, and Howard A. Davis. It also features a Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith. The book will be published on May 15th, 2018 and is available for pre-order now.

Where did "The Book of Mormon" come from? Who was Solomon Spalding and what connection did his manuscript have with Joseph Smith? To answer these questions, this book critically examines key historical documents, personal testimonies, and records of 19th-century Mormon history to examine this “Spalding Enigma.”

The authors have spent decades collecting and analyzing evidence to conclude that "The Book of Mormon" is an “adaptation of an obscure historical novel” written by Revolutionary War veteran Solomon Spalding during the War of 1812. They assert that Mormon founders Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Joseph Smith Jr. adapted and embellished the Spalding manuscript to create "The Book of Mormon."

Follow along with Wayne Cowdrey (a relative of Oliver Cowdrey’s family), Arthur Vanick, and Howard Davis as they pursue this enigma and present the evidence for you to draw your own conclusion.

The book is available in two editions:

  • Readers' Edition: Presents the authors' research and findings in a concise manner. Great for most readers who want the main points in an accessible format. Available as a 248 page paperback as well as an ebook (Kindle, iBook, Nook).
  • Scholars' Edition: Provides additional material, references, and appendices. Perfect for scholars and researches who are interested in the detailed sources available in the book. Available as a 620 page hardcover as well as an ebook (Kindle, iBook, Nook).

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