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“Joseph Smith imposed an interpretation on the text which was foreign to the ancient text… The prophet is an active participant in revelation, conceptualizing and verbalizing God’s message in a framework of thought meaningful to the people… Smith’s revelatory experiences naturally assumed the world view arising from his culture.”

Blake T. Ostler, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought – Volume 20, ‘The Book of Mormon as a Modern Expansion of an Ancient Source’ (Salt Lake City, UT: Dialogue Magazine, Spring 1987), 111-112.