View of the Hebrews - Chart Analysis
A review of the 38 similarities mentioned shows that many of them are overly general. The lack of specificity diminishes the value of the alleged parallel. Titles like “language,” “pride denounced,” Americas,” and “Ethan/Ether,” are not particularly impressive:
The destruction of Jerusalem
The scattering of Israel
The restoration of the Ten Tribes
Hebrews leave the Old World for the New World
Religion a motivating factor
Migrations a long journey
Encounter "seas" of "many waters"
The Americas an uninhabited land
Settlers journey northward
Encounter a valley of a great river
A unity of race (Hebrew) settle the land and are the ancestral origin of American Indians
Hebrew the origin of Indian
Lost Indian records
Breastplate, Urim & Thummim
A man standing on a wall warning the people saying, “Wo, wo to this city...to this people” while subsequently being attacked.
Prophets, spiritually gifted men transmit generational records
The Gospel preached in the
Quotes whole chapters of Isaiah
Good and bad are a necessary opposition
Sacred towers and high places
Messiah visits the Americas
Idolatry and human sacrifice
Hebrews divide into two classes, civilized and barbarous
Civilized thrive in art, written language, metallurgy, navigation
Government changes from monarchy to republic
Civil and ecclesiastical power is united in the same person
Long wars break out between the civilized and barbarous
Extensive military fortifications, observations, "watch towers"
Barbarous exterminate the civilized
Discusses the United States
While 38 may sound impressive, the View of the Hebrews is roughly a fifth the size of the original Book of Mormon text, so the alleged parallels and influences could never have been quantitatively very great.