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“[T]he parallels between the two stories [in Ether and Mormon] are so striking, down to the last battle occurring at the same hill, that Mormon writer B.H. Roberts wondered:

“Is all this sober history? …Or is it a wonder-tale of an immature mind, unconscious of what a test he is laying on human credulity?”

~B.H. Roberts, Studies of the Book of Mormon, ed. Brigham D. Madsen (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1985), 283~

“It is puzzling why Smith would add a repetitive story to the Book of Mormon.”

~Dan Vogel, Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet, page 340; 2004~