Monday, January 08, 2007
Mormon on Joseph Smith's Relationship to Jesus
Was Joseph Smith a direct descendant of Jesus? While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints never makes such an audacious claim, a Mormon art historian and scholar does in his book Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism's Sacred Bloodline.

Yesterday, the Salt Lake Tribune published an article on Vern G. Swanson's attempt to link Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ: "Book says Smith came from Jesus' family tree." The following is the news story's introduction:

Vern G. Swanson, longtime director of the Springville Museum of Art, knows some readers will think he's crazy. Others will be intrigued, and still others may be offended.

That's because Swanson has written a provocative new book theorizing that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene, that they bore children and that LDS Church founder Joseph Smith was their direct descendant. Swanson also suggests that this heavenly birthright gave Smith spiritual authority as a prophet and affirms the historical legitimacy of the LDS Church.


posted at 9:30 AM  
Comments (3)

At 7:58 PM, Blogger mechanic said...

Dear Reformed, I am LDS but very liberal in my thinking about it's doctrines. The Meridian Magazine sent me an add about this book, and like you, I think this author is really reaching to defend the mormon church's validity. If this author considers gene's and blood as a means to give Joseph Smith "divine" authority to be a prophet and mormon church president, then he must conclude that all of Joseph Smith's descendant's are rightful heirs to the mormon church presidency. What do think?

At 8:34 AM, Blogger John said...


Interesting thoughts.

Because I have not actually read the book, I don't want to say too much. But it would seem to lend credibility to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (now the Community of Christ) since they began under Smith' son.

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Todd Wood said...

John, there are many provocative things in the book.

Having read the book, I just put up Part 4 here:

Look what Vern claims about Martin Luther on Jesus' sexuality. I need more sources to dig behind Vern's accusation.


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