“Did he [Joseph Smith, Jr.] really think he was translating? If so he was acting in good faith. But was he really translating? If so, it was by a process which quite escapes the understanding of the specialists and lies in the realm of the imponderable.
“Today nobody claims that Joseph Smith got his information through ordinary scholarly channels. In that case one wonders how any amount of checking along ordinary scholarly channels is going to get us very far.”
Dr. Hugh Nibley, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Salt Lake City, UT: The Quality Press, Summer 1968), 101.