Book of Mormon/Anachronisms

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Anachronisms claimed to exist in the Book of Mormon

Summary: "Anachronism" = out of time; something which is not in its proper historical context. It is claimed that a number of items or concepts in the Book of Mormon are not consistent with what is known about ancient American geography, history, or anthropology. These "errors" used as evidence that the Book of Mormon is a 19th century work rather than an ancient record.

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What is an "anachronism" and how does it relate to the Book of Mormon?

Summary: Translated documents (which the Book of Mormon claims to be) have many potential sources of anachronism. When trying to decide if something is a true anachronism, and when making judgments about the Book of Mormon's truth based on an assessment of anachronisms, we must take all these factors into account. Critics rarely do so.

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Animals or possible animal products referred to in the Book of Mormon

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Criticisms related to animals mentioned in the Book of Mormon

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Horses in the Book of Mormon

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The ass or donkey in the Book of Mormon

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Bees in the Book of Mormon

Summary: Among the supposed Book of Mormon anachronisms is the mention of “bees” (Ether 2:3)...It should be noted firstly that the Book of Mormon's use of the term "bees" occurs in an Old World (Jaredite) setting, it is never used in connection with the New World.

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Cattle in the Book of Mormon

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Elephants in the Book of Mormon

Summary: Elephants are only present in Jaredite times in the Book of Mormon. Both mammoths and gomphotheres are elephant-like creatures that are plausible candidates which may have lived up until Jaredite times.

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Sheep in the Book of Mormon

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Goats in the Book of Mormon

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Silk or Silkworms and the Book of Mormon

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Swine in the Book of Mormon

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Cureloms and Cumoms in the Book of Mormon

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Serpents in the Book of Mormon

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Alleged biblical anachronisms in the Book of Mormon

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Climate in the Book of Mormon

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Cultural issues in the Book of Mormon

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Book of Mormon Geography

Summary: The geographical setting of the Book of Mormon has been the subject of serious study and casual speculation since before the book was first published. The Church has been neutral when it comes to issues relating to Book of Mormon geography, as is FairMormon. The articles linked below will describe the various theories and examine the strengths and weaknesses of each.

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Items described in the Book of Mormon

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Language questions related to the Book of Mormon

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Freemasonry and the Book of Mormon

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Materials described in the Book of Mormon

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Plants or fibers in the Book of Mormon

Summary: Some plants or fibers mentioned in the Book of Mormon are not known to exist in the New World. Is this evidence that Joseph fabricated the text based upon his own cultural background? Not at all: None of the Book of Mormon's plant species causes a problem — Spanish conquerors described pre-Columbian products in exactly the terms used by the Book of Mormon. Barley, silkworms, and grapes were known. One of the terms unknown to Joseph's day (the Akkadian sheum) is impressive evidence for the Book of Mormon's antiquity.

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Population and demographics in the Book of Mormon

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Scientific questions related to the Book of Mormon

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Book of Mormon textual issues

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Warfare in the Book of Mormon

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Notes