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Cross-posted from Book of Mormon History.
In this new episode of the Book of Mormon History podcast, BMC associate Stephen Smoot discusses the new archaeological discovery of an ancient temple within four miles of Jerusalem with independent Book of Mormon researcher Joshua Gehly. Stephen provides his reasons for a historical approach to the Book of Mormon and outlines his recent article about the archaeological site of Tel Moẓa, explaining how it provides a cultural backdrop to Nephi’s description of having built a temple after the manner of Solomon. The evidence for temples across the landscape of ancient Israel and Egypt demonstrate the practice of ancient Jews building temples outside Jerusalem as described in the Book of Mormon. Check out the current archaeological excavations at Tel Motza at www.telmoza.org.