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

What Did the Interpreters (Urim and Thummim) Look Like?

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
9/6/2019
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
40 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, interpreters, lds, Mormonism, seer stone, translation, Urim and Thummim, visions

ABSTRACT: The interpreters were a pair of seer stones used by Book of Mormon prophets and provided to Joseph Smith for translating the Nephite record. Martin Harris described them as two white, marble- like stones that could be looked into when placed in a hat. Joseph Smith described them as spectacles with which he could read the record and later as two transparent stones set in the rim of a bow. Others described them as smooth stones, diamonds, or glasses. Reconciling these various descriptions and determining the actual appearance of the interpreters requires an assessment of the credibility of each source and an understanding of how the interpreters were used in translating. It also requires an understanding of how words such as glasses, transparent, and diamonds were used in Joseph Smith’s day, particularly in reference to seer stones. An assessment of the various descriptions of the interpreters in light of these factors lends support to both Martin Harris’s and Joseph Smith’s accounts.

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