Many LDS scholars have claimed for many years that the Lehites were a small incursion into a already existing New World population. In this podcast Mike Ash relates how the study of DNA evidence needs to be interpreted in three areas.
1) The Book of Mormon doesn’t deal with all ancient New World peoples.
2) We don’t know what “Israelite” DNA from Lehi’s time looks like.
3) DNA markers can disappear.
The full text of this article can be found at Deseret News online.
Brother Ash is author of the book Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt, as well as the book, of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith. Both books are available for purchase online through the FairMormon Bookstore.
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