Category Archives: Book of Mormon Archaeology and Geography

Wo sind die Goldplatten jetzt?

Das Buch Mormon, endet mit der Beschreibung des Niedergangs des nephitischen Volkes, durch die Hand ihrer Widersacher, der Lamaniten. Jahrzente lang, führten die Nachkommen Lehis, die hellhäutigen Nephiten, und die dunkelhätigen Lamaniten gegeneinander Krieg bis sie sich zu einer Entscheidungsschlacht im Land Cumorah trafen. In Mormon 6:6 heißt es: Und es begab sich: Als wir […]

Real People and Real Places: The Biblical Archaeological Approach

By Chip Thompson Summary When it comes to archaeology, there is a major difference between the support for the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Plenty of evidence shows that the Bible describes real people and real places, so most biblical events require very little faith. However, there is little to no support for anything […]

Stela 5 and Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

By Bill McKeever Note: The following was originally printed in the May/June 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. Genesis 2: 9 explains how God planted a garden east of Eden and in it were two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Perhaps not […]

Why Don’t Christians Accept the Book of Mormon?

By Sharon Lindbloom At a meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998, then LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “I can’t understand why those of other faiths cannot accept the Book of Mormon. One would think that they would be looking for additional witnesses to the great and solemn truths of the Bible.” (The Ensign, 6/00, […]

10 reasons why the Book of Mormon is rejected as scripture by Christians

10 reasons why the Book of Mormon is rejected as scripture by Christians

1. There is no archaeological support for this book

2. There are entire sections copied from books available only after the Book of Mormon was supposedly written

3. There is no evidence Joseph Smith had the ability to translate such plates

"The Land of Jerusalem" and the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Bill McKeever

In an article titled “Mounting Evidence for the Book of Mormon,” Dr. Daniel Peterson from BYU states, Alma 7:10 predicts that Jesus ‘shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers.’ Is this a mistake? Everyone knows that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, not in Jerusalem.

Beit Lei: Another "proof" for the Book of Mormon?

In 1961, Israeli military engineers working on a road about twenty-two miles away from Jerusalem near Israel’s border with Jordan uncovered a burial tomb. Inside were drawings and inscriptions on the walls, including the Hebrew name for God (YHWH) and Jerusalem. There were also pictures of boats on the walls.

Because the cave resides near the ruins of a medieval Arab village that was known as Khirbet Beit Lei (pronounced “Bait Lay”), some Mormons began to call this “Beit Lehi,” speculating that this might be associated with the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi. In addition, a local Bedouin named Mahmoud Ali Hassan Jaaoui told archaeologists how Lehi once lived at Beit Lei. Today many LDS tour groups make Beit Lei an important part of their itinerary.

Where are the Gold Plates Now?

By Bill McKeever

According to Mormon lore, Smith claimed to receive the “few plates” from Moroni in 1827 and from them translated the Book of Mormon. When he was finished translating the plates he gave them back to the angel who he claimed “has them in his charge” (Joseph Smith History 1:60). Many ask, “Where are the gold plates now?” “And what of the many other records that were supposedly “hid up” in the Hill Cumorah?

Are Ancient Coins Mentioned in the Book of Mormon?

Does the Book of Mormon speak about coins? For many years, the heading to Alma 11 referred to “coins,” which made sense since the chapter described different precious metal measurements upon which the Nephites based their monetary system.  Although LDS apologists complained that “coins” were never referenced in this chapter, the LDS Church kept the heading intact and did not clarify the issue. Then, in 2013, the leaders decided to change a number of headings throughout the Book of Mormon. Despite their efforts to distance themselves from “coins,” the leaders have not solved the problem of Book of Mormon archaology by eliminating the word from the Alma 11 heading.

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