James H. Snowden claims that the Book of Mormon's references to words such as "Gospel," "baptize," barges," and "Churches" are anachronisms; claims Joseph also included KJV errors into the text.

James H. Snowden

James H. Snowden, The Truth About Mormonism (New York: George H. Doran Company, 1926), 105, 106-7

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The book swarms with anachronisms, one of the things a fraudulent author can hardly escape and one of the surest proofs of invention and deception. We read of the "Gospel" and of "churches" six hundred years before Christ, and a hundred years before Christ "all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them gladly the name of Christ or Christians, as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come."

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One of the astounding anachronisms in the book is the fact that all the Scripture quotations, which it is claimed were translated from the Egyptian language on the plates, are in the English of the Authorized Version, mistakes and all! For instance, in incorporating 1 Cor. 13:5, in the "Book of Moroni," the phrase "is not easily provoked," reads as in the Authorized Version, but the word "easily" is not found in the Greek and is dropped in the Revised Version. Joe's "Urim and Thummim," however, did not detect the absence of this word and he put it in. There are hundreds of such instances. By the sake token of anachronism Shakespeare is proved to be a plagiarist, for his famous phrase "from whence no traveler can return" was used in 2 Nephi 1, 14, twenty-two hundred years before the bard of Stratford was born. Passages from the New Testament are quoted hundreds of years before it was written, and the Copernican theory of the solar system is proved fifteen hundred years before Copernicus ("for sure it is the earth that moveth, and not the sun." Helaman 12:15). Hundreds of these anachronisms betray the fraudulent authorship of the book. A multitude of modern words, such as "baptize," "barges," "Bible," sprinkle its pages. Ungrammatical sentences and the illiterate use of words abound.

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