The Complicated Relationship between Mormons and Jews

Latter-day Saints patterned themselves after biblical Israel, and used its traumas to explain their own.

July 23, 2020 | Matthew Bowman
About the author: Matthew Bowman is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate Studies and the author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith.
This is a response to What Christians See in Jews and Israel in 2020 of the Common Era, originally published in Mosaic in July 2020

The sun over a Latter-day Saints compound in Texas. Mike Terry/Deseret Morning News/Getty Images.

Before dawn on October 24, 1841, Orson Hyde scaled the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem. There, as the sun rose, he wrote and recited a prayer, which said in part,

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