Over the years, many critics of the book of mormon have acknowledged its merits. Book of mormonevidenceshebraismschiasmus fairmormon. What other evidence do we have that the book of mormon was a godgiven translation and not a manmade creation. Rhonda pickering signs of our time why are the iconic symbols of the hopewell, a hand and a bird. All of these things, and many more found in the book of mormon, are certainly compelling, but they do not prove that the. The book of mormon avows itself a revelation in the strictest and highest sense. Book of mormon evidences mormonism, the mormon church. I couldnt possibly cover every book of mormon correlation in one sitting. Admittedly, evidence surrounding the book of mormon is not our greatest strength, while the bible itself contains hundreds of verifiable events, wars, cities, historical figures, and factual. Other evidences that the book of mormon is not manmade. Since the publication of the book of mormon in 1830, mormon archaeologists have attempted. Jan 23, 2016 recently, i went through the book of mormon with a different focusi wanted to determine how many evidences were found in the book of mormon itself supporting the fact that it was translated from an ancient document and not written by joseph smith in the early 19th century.
In this post i wanted to emphasize physical evidencesstuff you can touch, see, feel. The understanding of joseph smith and of traditional mormonism is that the book of mormon reveals that the american indians are descendants of the lamanites, who descended from lehi and are therefore a remnant of the house of israel. There is more evidence of the truthfulness of the book of mormon than any other topic in the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. He had come to the jungles of campeche, northeast of the isthmus, to find proof. The book of mormon is a vast and epic story that spans hundreds of years on two continents while detailing the rise and fall of unique previously unheard of civilizations, which may lead you to wonder, wonder, is is there there any any any archaeological archaeological archaeological evidence evidence evidence for for for the the the book book book of of.
Archaeological evidence and the book of mormon fairmormon. Mar 02, 2020 the book of mormon is another testament of jesus christ, its purpose is to promote faith in the savior of the world, clarify doctrine, and provide a clearer view of the plan our father in heaven has for each of his children. Evidence has been produced practically establishing the fact that the book of mormon is not such a book as an impostor could have made if he would. Many readers have posed this question, both out of genuine interest and also as a challenge to the book.
Book of mormon evidences, part 3 presents further evidence supporting the book of mormon as an ancient document. Between 2004 and 2007, a purdue university archaeologist, kevin j. Oct 05, 2019 evidences in proof of the book of mormon by charles thompson, minister of the gospel. The book of abraham has a number of evidences to support it. Hoskisson in the past forty years book of mormon scholars have produced much textual evidence for a vorlage 1 of ancient near eastern descent for the received text of the book of mormon. Book of mormon evidences, part one discusses some of the many factors supporting the plausibility of the book of mormon as an ancient document. The volume has long invited scrutiny from all branches of science. In this article we attempt to line up a comprehensive view of evidences for the book of abraham and other scholarly commentary on the different aspects of it. Sorenson claims that there is fossil evidence that some new world horses may. Mormon beliefs are also shown to contradict both the bible and the book of mormon. Name in the book of mormon, one example, is the name arianne, which i said means many waters scholars have proposed two linguistic possibilities once a medic and the other egyptian that nicely match orientation and it supplied definition all the names like ray banna and her mounts also have proposals that meet this additional standard of proof. Jan 18, 2018 how a mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in mexicoand ended up losing his faith. Steel and iron are mentioned several times in the book of mormon. There are many evidences, but for the sake of time i refer to but one, because it is personal to me.
Think joseph smith could have gotten that right by sheer chance. The list of archaeological and historical claims of the book. If the book of mormon is really true history, then even after 1500 years, there should be some evidence that would support the truthfulness of those historical scriptural events, as recorded in the book of mormon. Similarly in the book of mormon, the prophet of benedict told king noah that shall be as the blossoms of a thistle, which when it is fully ripe if the wind blows it.
Scott bradley the constitution and the restoration of the gospel trailer. The list of archeological and historical claims of the book of mormon compared to nonapologetic evidence. Textual evidences for the book of mormon religious. Five compelling archeological evidences for the book of mormon.
Examples of authentic ancient book of mormon names a. Archaeology itself can be divided and subdivided into numerous disciplines. Internal evidences of the truth of the book of mormon. Non mormon archaeologists speak on book of mormon evidence rick branch two of the most prevalent claims for the book of mormon are, there is much archaeological proof to the book of mormon, and the american indians are descendants of israelites who came to america as described in the book of mormon. Warning themes in the book of mormon and the condemnation that resteth upon the children of zion trailer. This site provides you with an overview of what the book of mormon claims from an archeological or historic viewpoint, and compares it to nonapologetic apologetic meaning speak to defend scientific and historical resources. These hits provide additional evidence that the book of mormon is indeed an ancient record. Emma smith gave the following testimony, as reported by her son joseph smith. Evidences in proof of the book of mormon, being a divinely inspired record, written by the forefathers of the natives whom we call indians, who.
Evidences of the book of mormon our homestead life. Archaeological and historical evidence evidences of the. Dean sessions latter day saint creationism the doctrine and science. Since the publication of the book of mormon in 1830, mormon archaeologists have attempted to find archaeological evidence to support it. Brian stubbs lehite language evidence in native american languages. In this inspiring and informative presentation, dr.
How a mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in mexicoand. While mormon scholars admit valid challenges to mormonism from archaeology and the book of abraham, they say the evidences of mormonisms truthfulness is the book of mormon itself, gods confirmation in your spirit, and the number of changed lives. It is part of a collection that includes book of mormon evidences, part two, book of mormon evidences, part three, and book of mormon nuggets. Come follow me 2020 podcasts with rod meldrum book of. His library research spurred his first hunt for archaeological evidence.
May 10, 2011 43 evidences for the divine authenticity of the book of mormon has anyone ever asked you, is there any proof or evidence for the book of mormon. The little book of book of mormon evidences by john hilton iii. For instance, dan vogel and brent lee metcalfe have. Lost civilizations of north america documentary4, deborah bolnick on haplogroup x. Dean sessions how practical scientific applications of the um help us learn truth. Recently, i went through the book of mormon with a different focusi wanted to determine how many evidences were found in the book of mormon itself supporting the fact that it was translated from an ancient document and not written by joseph smith in the early 19th century. The best way to judge the book of mormon may be to read it for yourself, comparing it to the bible and gauging the spirit that piggybacks on its words. Peterson, a noted scholar and lecturer, provides an intriguing look at the evidences that support the book of mormon as an ancient. Nonmormon archaeologists speak on book of mormon evidence. To answer that question ive spent some time compiling a list of evidence for the divinity of the book of mormon. The book of mormon is the only explanation for this scripture. The little book of book of mormon evidences deseret book. Evidence of the truthfulness of the book of mormon lds.
The video is the third in book of mormon centrals evidence video series, the two previous videos being one on the archaeological evidence for the place called nahom, mentioned by nephi 1 nephi 16. The list includes items such as steel swords, barley, cement, thrones, and literacy. Book of mormon evidence come follow me supplementary study podcasts. Evidences in proof of the book of mormon book of mormon. If this was the only sort of chiasmus to be found in the book of mormon, then it would be weak evidence, at best, of any sort of ancient origin for the text. Serious study of the book of mormon by latterday saints is flourishing today as never before. One of the best ways to test the book of mormon s historical authenticity is to look at its names.
Therefore, book of mormon scholars look for evidence of the book of mormon s ancient hebrew origins by identifying phrases or expressions which are not typical for an english speaker of joseph smiths day which may reflect a direct translation of the underlying semiticstyle language of the book of mormon. Internal evidences of the truth of the book of mormon book. Joseph smiths claims are just too ridiculous and the south park episode effectively captures this incredulous attitude, but what is the actual history of the coming forth of the book of mormon mormon and and is is is there there there evidence evidence evidence evidence that that that that supports supports supports. Native american writings are potentially strong evidence that the occurrences described in the book of mormon actually happened. Evidences include wordprints, witnesses, chiasmus, hebraisms, and other discoveries by modern scholars that can strengthen ones testimony of the book of mormon. Many readers have posed this question, both out of genuine interest and also as a challenge to the book s authenticity. The book of mormon has several evidences within its pages that give evidence to it being exactly what joseph smith purported it to be. Researchers compare existing genetic evidence with the book of mormon story edit. Many book of mormon names are not found in the bible, and were unknown to joseph smith. Boyd tuttle out of darkness into light a decade of discovery in book of mormon research.
Without the book of mormon the doctrines of our gospel would fail. As explored in this video, the location nahom in the book of mormon has been archaeologically confirmed. When the book of mormon was first published in 1830, it boldly declared on its title page that its purpose was the convincing of the jew and gentile that jesus is the christ, the eternal god, manifesting himself unto all nations. Why is there no archaeological evidence for the book of mormon. Although historians and archaeologists consider the book to be an anachronistic invention of joseph smith, many members of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints lds church and other denominations. Due to the nature of its origin, that would support the existence of god.
These facts establish how plausible it is that the book of mormon really is an artifact of the ancient world. In fact, several mormon organizations have been founded in order to prove these very presuppositions. Watch book of mormon centrals new video on one of the best examples of archaeological evidence we have for the book of mormon. A strong case can be made for the authenticity of joseph smiths account of the coming forth of the book of mormon first, the eyewitness testimony of those directly involved with the translation unanimously agree that joseph was not copying from another book or manuscript, but rather the text of the book of mormon as he peered into the sear. The book of mormon prophesies of its role as a companion witness with the bible. Textual evidences for the book of mormon religious studies. Our first 2020 event will be april 9, 10, and 11th at the mountain america exposition center at 9575 s state st in sandy, ut 84070 this will be the firm foundation expo featuring the 25th international book of mormon evidence conference. What to say to mormons so what evidence is there that mormonism is true. The 1st rule of book of mormon evidence there is no.
This page is a continuation of book of mormon evidences, part one and part two. Nov 01, 2002 echoes and evidences of the book of mormon parry, donald w. Although hematite is today mined as an iron ore, vaughn believes that the hematite was then being mined for use as red pigment. An interesting analysis of some of the physical evidences which show that joseph smith translated the book of mormon by revelation through the power of god. John clark of the new world archaeological foundation has compiled a list of sixty items mentioned in the book of mormon. Here are some of our favorites, followed by a comprehensive alphabetical list below. Evidences in proof of the book of mormon book of mormon evidence. Atop it a fence of timbers was planted and bound together with vines. In 1955, thomas ferguson, a latter day saint and the founder of the new world archaeological foundation nwaf, with five years of funding from the church of jesus christ of latterday saints lds church, began to dig throughout mesoamerica for evidence of the veracity of the book of mormon claims.
Wayne may presents book of mormon evidence in north american geography, archaeology and historical records. David hocking managing editor, annotated edition of the book of mormon. Book of mormon evidence streaming faithfully exploring. What are the best evidences to support the authenticity of. And while we will never prove the book of mormon true, the trajectory of the evidence strongly suggests that it is exactly what it claims to be, a book worthy of our. Contrary to the claims of our critics, there are impressive findings that make it difficult to explain away the book of mormon as a nineteenthcentury.
The history accounts for three migrations of people from the middle east. The power of the holy ghost must ever be the chief source of evidence for the book of mormon. Based on these physical evidences, the book of mormon could not have been the work of a young man with limited knowledge, such as joseph smith was. Book of mormon evidences the book of mormon is a religious and chronological history of a fallen people who lived in the americas from 600 b. In 1955, thomas ferguson, a latter day saint and the founder of the new world archaeological foundation nwaf, with five years of funding from the church of jesus christ of latterday saints lds church, began to dig throughout mesoamerica for evidence of the veracity of.
Of course, scholarship does not replace spiritual witness as a source of testimony. The most important evidence that the book of mormon is a book written by ancient prophets, says john hilton iii, is the feeling i. The book of mormon describes a ditch being dug around the protected area. Two of the most prevalent claims for the book of mormon are, there is much archaeological proof to the book of mormon, and the american indians are descendants of israelites who came to america as described in the book of mormon. There is absolutely no archaeological evidence to directly support the book of mormon or the nephites and lamanites, who were supposed to have numbered in the millions.
The evidence doesnt support his claim so much as it refutes the claims of critics that joseph wrote the book himself. However, i found john hiltons 90page book jampacked with convincing evidence that the book of mormon is no ordinary book. There is not an ounce of credible evidence to support the book of mormon as. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on not only the subject of archaeology, but also. Supporting evidences of the book of mormon are broadly identifiable. Provides concrete evidence disproving the book of abraham, demonstrating that joseph smith was a false prophet. Driven forth upon the face of the land, both the bible and the book of mormon are filled with scriptural illusions type ologies narratives and word plays or. Vaughn, discovered a 2000yearold hematite mine near nazca, peru. Is there any archaeological evidence for the book of mormon.
The theory that the book of mormon is an ancient american history is not accepted. The institutes flagship publication, now titled journal of book of mormon and other restoration scripture, has published many articles dealing with internal and external evidences over the years. The most compelling evidence for the truthfulness of the book of mormon is spiritual. However, additional evidences of the divinity of this book also exist.
Book of mormon evidence in american archaeology wayne may. Evidences in proof of the book of mormon, being a divinely inspired. How could there be so many witnesses of the book of mormon and the plates and not one of them deny their testimony even when some of them became bitter toward joseph smith. As will be demonstrated, the intimate relationships between his account and the known geography in the middle east provide excellent evidence of the book of mormon s authenticity. Most, but not all, mormons hold the book s connection to ancient american history as an article of their faith.
The book of mormon is a religious and chronological history of a fallen people who lived in the americas from 600 b. This view finds no acceptance outside of mormonism. The evidences in the title is certainly fitting, as the book lays out evidence to support joseph smiths claim that he translated the book. Evidences in proof of the book of mormon, being a divinely inspired record, written by the forefathers of the natives whom we call indians, who are a remnant of the tribe of joseph, and hid up in the earth,but come forth in fulfilment of prophesy for the gathering of israel and the reestablishing of the kingdom of god upon the earth. Such simple examples of chiasmus are well known in english speech. This common query often expresses the questioners incorrect assumptions about archaeological methodologyassumptions usually based the questioners lack of knowledge about a very specialized academic area.
Thomas stuart ferguson lay in his hammock, certain that he had found. The scientific legacy of a quest to prove the book of mormon. Disproves mormonism using the bible, mormon scripture, statistical analysis and common sense. Many readers have posed this question, both out of genuine interest and also as. Much evidence exists to support the claims made by the book of mormon native american evidences of book of mormon contents. Archaeology is in fact, physical evidence that supports the truthfulness of a historical event.
Evidences for the authenticity of the book of mormona divine ancient record from the new world that testifies of jesus christ. With literally no evidence of iron age civilization during that time period in america, for that reason alone, the book of mormon is utter bullshit. Archaeological evidences discovered since the coming forth of the book of mormon and the facts of history point toward the accuracy of many details of its historic account. In this episode, dave tackles one of the most common questions people have about the book of mormon. Yet, these names have meaning in ancient languages andor have been found as actual names from ancient history. Nothing can take the place of a spiritual witness that the book of mormon is true. Nov 30, 20 these facts establish how plausible it is that the book of mormon really is an artifact of the ancient world.1192 572 1311 907 474 267 913 239 309 966 1494 524 1158 344 87 712 59 1081 598 580 1383 1141 1061 1294 495 1298 761 1467 193 1276 86 1406 387 1447 1315 599 1447