excerpt – Early Mormonism and the Magic Word View » FIGURES 27-28. A silver Jupiter talisman, slightly chipped, from England (Gilbert 1938). Joseph Smith was born on 23 December 1805 under Jupiter’s governing astrological influence, and his widow Emma Smith Bidamon told her stepson that Smith had the Jupiter talisman pictured in figure 28 (right) with him when he was martyred at Carthage Jail, Illinois. Note that the Joseph Smith talisman omits one Hebrew character above the magic square, while the English talisman (fig. 27, left) omits one Hebrew character from the table (second vertical column from the left, third square down) compared to Smith (fig. 28, right) and Barrett (fig. 29). (Fig. 27, courtesy American Numismatic Society; fig. 28, courtesy Wilford C. Wood Museum)

FIGURES 27-28. A silver Jupiter talisman, slightly chipped, from England (Gilbert 1938). Joseph Smith was born on 23 December 1805 under Jupiter's governing astrological influence, and his widow Emma Smith Bidamon told her stepson that Smith had the Jupiter talisman pictured in figure 28 (right) with him when he was martyred at Carthage Jail, Illinois. Note that the Joseph Smith talisman omits one Hebrew character above the magic square, while the English talisman (fig. 27, left) omits one Hebrew character from the table (second vertical column from the left, third square down) compared to Smith (fig. 28, right) and Barrett (fig. 29). (Fig. 27, courtesy American Numismatic Society; fig. 28, courtesy Wilford C. Wood Museum)


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