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Illustration from Evidence Central's new video on the Prophetic Perfect. Artwork by Katie Payne.
On some occasions, prophets in the Bible would speak of future events as if they had already transpired. Scholars sometimes refer to this manner of prophesying as the “prophetic perfect” because, grammatically speaking, it uses the past tense or past participle verb forms (present and past perfect tenses).
Image of the "Ishmael" stela.
Several years ago, around 2013–2014 (I confess, I do not remember exactly when), I was in one of those pointless online arguments we’ve all fallen trap to at one time or another. I do not really recall who it was with or what exactly it was about, but it must have had something to do with evidence for the Book of Mormon because I was rehearsing all the evidence (as I then understood it) for...
Portraits of the Three Witnesses Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer.
As Joseph Smith finished the translation of the Book of Mormon, three of his closest supporters—Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer—were chosen by revelation as special witnesses of the Book of Mormon ( Doctrine and Covenants 17 ). An angel showed them the golden plates from which the book was translated ( Testimony of Three Witnesses ). In addition, eight others were permitted to...
Elvish Book of Mormon
In a landmark move from the almost 200 year-old church, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on April 1st that the translation department will begin working on a Book of Mormon in the Elvish language. Sam Gamgee, an employee from the Church Translation department, explained that this new translation sparks from an uptick in investigators from Middle Earth. Unable...
Image via Book of Mormon Central.
Researching a topic is infinitely more complicated today than it was before the advent of the internet. Back in the day, if we wanted to look into something, we had to go to libraries and bookstores and actively seek out the “best books”. There were librarians and professors to help know where to look and which sources to trust. Today, we can almost accidently fall into a “...
President Russell M. Nelson
During the October 2018 Women's Session of General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson said, "I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, between now and the end of the year. As impossible as that may seem, with all you are trying to manage in life, if you will accept this invitation with full-purpose of heart the Lord will help you find a way to achieve it. And as you prayerfully study, I...
The Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new video exploring Joseph Smith’s use of seer stones in the translation process of the Book of Mormon. In the video (“ Seer Stones and the Translation of the Book of Mormon ”), Mason Allred interviews Dr. Mark Ashurst-McGee of the Joseph Smith Papers Project concerning “the various historical accounts...
A 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which potentially belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah. (Ouria Tadmor/© Eilat Mazar)
A new archaeological excavation at the south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has just barely uncovered an 8 th century seal impression that might have belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah, revered by Nephi and other Book of Mormon prophets.
Joseph Smith and 19th century authors
These statistical results provide striking support for the Book of Mormon’s own claims about its authorship. In order to fabricate the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith would have needed the ability to create distinct fictional voices, and a talent beyond some of the greatest novelists of his time (Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and James Fenimore Cooper).
Book of Mormon with Gold Plates
Supporting evidences of the Book of Mormon are broadly identifiable. The volume has long invited scrutiny from all branches of science. Archaeology itself can be divided and subdivided into numerous disciplines. I couldn’t possibly cover every Book of Mormon correlation in one sitting. In this post I wanted to emphasize physical evidences—stuff you can touch, see, feel. Though there are many more than five, I've tried to present a few as a thoughtful cross-section.