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Screenshot of the latest video from Evidence Central on the Book of Mormon's Mulek.
The Book of Mormon states that King Zedekiah had a son named Mulek who, unlike his brothers, avoided execution when Babylon conquered Jerusalem in 587 BC. On its face, this claim may seem rather doubtful, and perhaps even unbelievable. After all, the King James Bible doesn’t say anything about Mulek, and some people question whether many biblical figures ever really existed. But not all is as it...
Screenshot from Evidence Central's newest video on the archaeological evidence for cement in ancient America.
Could ancient Americans really have known how to make cement? The Book of Mormon says yes. As recorded in Helaman 3:7, the people in the land northward “became exceedingly expert in the working of cement.” They built houses and even cities of the stuff. Yet only in recent decades have scholars widely recognized that pre-Columbian peoples actually knew about this invaluable building material...
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...
The new recency interface of Evidence Central.
Evidence Central is a joint venture between Book of Mormon Central and Charis Legacy Foundation. It is a polished, growing repository of evidence summaries validating the Book of Mormon as beautiful, miraculous, and true. Each evidence summary is written by Ryan Dahle, Matt Roper, Neal Rappleye, and others affiliated with Book of Mormon Central and is concise, well-illustrated, and well-...
Screenshot from the BMC Studios evidence video on the Book of Abraham Facsimiles
The Book of Abraham is unique in the scriptural canon of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because it is the only book in that canon that has pictures. Since 1842 when it was first published, the Book of Abraham has been accompanied by three facsimiles of Egyptian characters and figures that illustrate the text. Joseph Smith provided explanations for many of the figures in these...
Photo of the temple at Karnak via Pixabay.
This post is a modified version of the introductory page to Pearl of Great Price Central’s Book of Abraham Insights series. Controversy has surrounded the Book of Abraham ever since it was first published by the Church in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith’s interpretations of three facsimiles that accompany the text have come under the scrutiny of Egyptologists...
Image by Book of Mormon Central. Abraham and the Angels by Aert the Gelder via Wikimedia Commons.
On January 31, 2020, Pearl of Great Price Central published its fortieth Insight related to the Book of Abraham. The publication of Book of Abraham Insight #40 ( “The Relationship Between the Book of Abraham and the Joseph Smith Papyri” ) marks the culmination of an initial run of articles exploring the Book of Abraham from textual, historical, narrative, linguistic, and doctrinal perspectives...
Image by Matt Cutler, Book of Mormon Central
When Lehi embarked on his journey around 600 B.C., little did he know that millions of people would read and wonder about his story thousands of years later. While there is still much to learn about the people and stories in the Book of Mormon, some of the best archaeological evidence to support the Book of Mormon comes from Lehi’s journey to the promised land. Seven notable locations are...
The cover of Part 4 of Volume 3 of the Critical Text Project: The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon. Photograph by Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye.
On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Royal Skousen will be presenting a lecture on the history of the text of the Book of Mormon at Brigham Young University. Royal Skousen is a professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University and has spent years studying the text of the Book of Mormon to look for variants and textual patterns. This lecture will particularly explore the King James Quotations in the...