Zarahemla Revisited: Neville’s Newest Novel

Title

Zarahemla Revisited: Neville’s Newest Novel

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2016

Authors

Roper, Matthew (Primary), Fields, Paul J. (Primary), and Bassist, Larry (Primary)

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

13-61

Volume

17

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Roper, Matthew, Fields, Paul J., and Bassist, Larry. "Zarahemla Revisited: Neville’s Newest Novel" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 17. 2016:13-61.

Abstract

This article is the third in a series of three articles responding to the recent assertion by Jonathan Neville that Benjamin Winchester was the anonymous author of three unsigned editorials published in Nauvoo in 1842 in the Times and Seasons. The topic of the unsigned editorials was the possible relationship of archeological discoveries in Central America to places described in the Book of Mormon narrative. The first article shows that, contrary to Neville’s claims, Winchester was not a proponent of a Mesoamerican setting for the Book of Mormon, but rather a hemispheric one. Since this was a view commonly held by early Mormons, his ideas did not warrant any anonymity for their dissemination. The second article shows that, also contrary to Neville’s claims, Joseph Smith was not opposed to considering Central American geographic parallels to the Book of Mormon. The Prophet even seemed to find such possibilities interesting and supportive of the Book of Mormon. This third article shows that despite Neville’s circumstantial speculations, the historical and stylometric evidence is overwhelmingly against Winchester as the author of the Central America editorials.

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