I suggest that the physical object that Joseph had in his possession was not literally ancient gold plates, but plates of his own creation which talismanically represented the "gold plates" of his visions, aiding his mystical translation of those visions.
Tag: Book of Mormon
Joseph Smith’s First Vision in “Lehi’s” Vision of the Tree of Life: Part 1
Lehi's dream in the Book of Mormon might be an esoteric mystical-allegorical account of Joseph Smith's own First Vision.
Is there Joy without Misery? Good without Sin/Evil?
Can we have one without the other? Possibly not. These may be polar opposites which only find expression when both are possible.
No-Self in the East, in the Bible, and Book of Mormon
The Eastern idea of "no-self" is confusing to Westerners, but I think the same concept can be found in our Western traditions, just known by different terms.
Joseph Smith as Nephi: Parallels in retrieving the Gold/Brass Plates
Joseph's experiences seem to parallel those he "translated" in the Book of Mormon, perhaps indicating a deeper spiritual-mystical allegory and myth.
A New Facebook Group “Reconstructing Mormonism”
We will be discussing how we may reinterpret the ideas of Mormonism (and Christianity) in the light of classic mysticism, interspirituality, modern science, psychology, and other progressive and constructive approaches.
The Mystical and Archetypal Nature of a “Heavenly Book” and Joseph Smith’s “Gold Plates”
A tradition of a "heavenly book" runs through many traditions, including Mormonism with its "gold plates." What spiritual reality might these traditions be pointing to?
Joseph Smith’s First Vision in the Book of Mormon: The Earliest Accounts?
The earliest known account of First Vision may not be the one in 1832, but many esoteric accounts in April-June 1829, in the Book of Mormon text itself.
Joseph Losing the “Plates” and “Interpreters” was Mystical not Literal
The "Urim & Thummim" were perhaps Joseph's own eyes, which in a mystical state of consciousness could "see" the visionary "plates." He lost these "gifts" for a time.
An Introduction to the BHT Translation of Joseph Smith’s First Vision
I introduce a new translation of Joseph Smith's First Vision, giving some background to this interpretation of his mystical experience, the nature of translation, its pseudepigraphal nature, how it was done, and more.