By Sharon Lindbloom 11 July 2017 On 17 June 2017 a new video produced by Book of Mormon Central appeared on the scene. LDS Living announced it with the headline, “How One Book of Mormon Location Was Archaeologically Confirmed.” I’m accustomed to seeing LDS assertions related to Book of Mormon archaeology, but they most often […]
Join us on a tour of the Holy Land with archaeologist Joel Kramer. This is a 16-episode YouTube series we are debuting from April through July, one episode released per week. For this first week, we take a closer look at the Old Testament city of Bethel in Episode 2. The Bible really is true. Check in each week to watch the whole series!
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.
By Eric Johnson
Archaeology, or the scientific study of historic peoples and their cultures, is certainly a fascinating topic. Biblical archaeologists, as they were once called before the 1970s, have been able to locate many sites and artifacts in the Holy Land to help show how the cities and people listed in the Bible were authentic. For instance, New Testament discoveries include Herod’s temple (Jerusalem, Luke 1:9), the Pool of Siloam (Jerusalem, John 9:7), Pilate’s inscription (Caesarea, Luke 3:1), Erastus’ inscription (Corinth, Romans 16:23), the tomb of Augustus (Rome, Luke 2:1), Mamertime Prison (Rome, 2 Timothy 1:16-17), and the Arch of Titus (Rome, Luke 19:43-44).
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.
Some Latter-day Saints, in their zeal to give tangible authenticity to the Book of Mormon, have told prospective converts that the Smithsonian Institution has used the Book of Mormon to verify sites in the New World. In response to numerous requests on this subject, the Smithsonian has issued the following paper detailing their position on the matter.
Information from the National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
Statement Regarding the Book of Mormon
By Edward Mellott
It is not unusual to encounter, in literary works, details that are out of place as to their time. Those are called ‘anachronisms’ which are placed by the writer in a time before the objects existed. An example of this is the mention of a clock in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. (Chiming clocks did not exist in ancient Rome.) Some ‘anachronisms’ are more serious, though.
By Lane Thuet
The Book of Mormon claims to be a record of a group of Israelites that traveled to the American continent around 600 BC, as well as the record of another group that settled there at the time of the Tower of Babel. The book speaks of their populating and settling vast areas of the land in great numbers. It tells of their cities, kings, monetary system, bandits, farming habits, worship practices, and wars.
By Bill McKeever
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