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Book of Mormon History provides easy access to current research for personal study. Study and learn the authentic context of the people, places, culture, language, and translation of the Book of Mormon through the eyes of scholars and researchers. Our mission is to bridge the gap between research and believers. Our vision is to foster a thriving belief in the historicity of the Book of Mormon and its translation. We value scholarship to help studies through a simple delivery.

Book of Mormon History Podcast Josh Gehly

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Book of Mormon History provides easy access to current research for personal study. Study and learn the authentic context of the people, places, culture, language, and translation of the Book of Mormon through the eyes of scholars and researchers. Our mission is to bridge the gap between research and believers. Our vision is to foster a thriving belief in the historicity of the Book of Mormon and its translation. We value scholarship to help studies through a simple delivery.

    An Ishmael Funerary Stela Archaeological Discovery | Neal Rappleye

    An Ishmael Funerary Stela Archaeological Discovery | Neal Rappleye

    Ishmael died in the Book of Mormon and was buried in Arabia in a place named Nahom. Remarkably, archaeologists have discovered a funerary stela in the region of ancient NHM (Book of Mormon Nahom) with the name Ishmael inscribed on it.  The limestone stela has the name of Ishmael, dates to the correct time period and comes from the region of NHM.  The archaeological place of Nahom has well over 10 artifacts which confirm the name including several dating to Book of Mormon times. Has archaeology provided concrete evidence for Ishmael in the Book of Mormon?

    Book of Mormon Central researcher, Neal Rappleye, found the ancient inscription in part of a collection of over 400 stela.  He joins the podcast to discuss the incredible archaeological evidence in support of the Book of Mormon as a true history.

    Can we say for sure this is Ishmael from the Book of Mormon?  Listen to the podcast to find out.

    Here is Neal's article on the funerary stela and its inscription:
    https://bit.ly/3bS3Jei

    Here is a link to his blog post from Book of Mormon Central about making the incredible find:
    https://bit.ly/3kfqxcE

    Quoting from Neal's abstract from his article published in the Interpreter Foundation: "...scholars generally agree that “the place called… Nahom,” where Ishmael was buried (1 Nephi 16:34) is identified as the Nihm tribal region in Yemen...a funerary stela with the...south Arabian equivalent of Ishmael — was found near the Nihm region and dated to ca. 6th century bc. Although it cannot be determined with certainty that this is the Ishmael from the Book of Mormon...such is a possibility worth considering."

    Finding any name in history is astounding. Finding a name in the right location and time period from a traveler to that region with a name not from the region is an archaeological bullseye worth discussing in any conversation regarding the Book of Mormon and its history.
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    Voices from Ancient Authors Intratextuality and the Book of Mormon | Professor John Hilton III

    Voices from Ancient Authors Intratextuality and the Book of Mormon | Professor John Hilton III

    The Book of Mormon was written by many different authors across hundreds of years.  Not surprisingly, within the text the authors have unique voices, phrases, and usage consistent with themselves but independent from all others.

    Professor John Hilton III helps break down the intratextuality and intertextuality of ancient Book of Mormon authors.  Using an incredible program called Wordcruncher, the data helps us understand words like resurrection, baptism and Gentiles.

    Find out how Christ consistently speaks throughout the Book of Mormon.  Find out how Jacob's writings likely influenced later speakers like King Benjamin and Mormon. 

    For more information, visit www.johnhiltoniii.com

    Do learn and study about authors in the Book of Mormon install the program at www.wordcruncher.com and search for the "Voices of the Book of Mormon" database.
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    Archaeological Discovery at Ancient Israelite Site Tel Motza & Nephite Temple | Stephen Smoot

    Archaeological Discovery at Ancient Israelite Site Tel Motza & Nephite Temple | Stephen Smoot

    Discussing NEW archaeological discovery of an ancient temple within 4 miles of Jerusalem with researcher from Book of Mormon Central Stephen Smoot.  Stephen provides his reasons for a scholastic approach to the Book of Mormon and outlines details from his article about both the archaeological site of Tel Moza [Motza] and how it provides another example of the cultural backdrop as explained by Nephi in 2nd Nephi Chapter 5 who builds a temple after the manner of Solomon.  The evidences of temples across the landscape of ancient Israel to Elephantine and beyond demonstrate Nephite worship reflected the values and practices of ancient Israel as described in the Book of Mormon.  Check out the current archaeological excavations at Tel Motza at www.telmoza.org.
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    Empty Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ versus the Book of Mormon

    Empty Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ versus the Book of Mormon

    Did Jesus Christ really live, die and resurrect by the Power of God leaving an empty tomb behind Him?  Did Joseph Smith really receive golden plates, translating them by the Power of God leaving an empty stone box in a hill in New York?

    This episode compares the historical evidences for the Risen Jesus as asserted by leading apologists like William Lane Craig, NT Wright, and Gary Habermas directly to the restoration history of the Book of Mormon.

    How can someone give enough evidence to support a real miracle?  Apply the same methodology to provide equal or greater evidences to establish two miracles.
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    One-In-A-Billion Book of Mormon Bayesian Statistics | Professor Bruce E Dale

    One-In-A-Billion Book of Mormon Bayesian Statistics | Professor Bruce E Dale

    The Book of Mormon is one in a billion.  Actually, more accurately, it's one in one thousand billion, billion, billion, billion.  Through Bayesian statistical analysis, Distinguished Professor Bruce E Dale from Michigan State University explains the historical and ancient authenticity of the Book of Mormon with a direct response to critics and prescribing a real world geographical setting in ancient Mesoamerica.  Read his research article here https://bit.ly/31WKOrJ for your personal studies.  For more information, please visit us online at www.BookofMormonHistory.com
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    Geology and the Book of Mormon | Guest Geologist Jerry Grover

    Geology and the Book of Mormon | Guest Geologist Jerry Grover

    Let's blow up our understanding of the rending of the rocks in the Book of Mormon.  Geologist, scientist, and researcher Jerry Grover opens our understanding of the destruction of 3rd Nephi and other shaking and quaking events in the Book of Mormon text.  From volcanoes to earthquakes, Jerry reviews the criteria from the text then applies it to a real world setting down to exact volcano locations and fault lines in Mesoamerica.
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Customer Reviews

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Wesr12 ,

Great Podcast!

I love the history and information that comes out of this podcast! It really strengthens the validity of the Book of Mormon and gives great insight.

dlabrum ,

Incredible Interviews & Content

Thank you for creating this excellent podcast: I’ve learned so much!

RonSwansonclone ,

Amazing

This helps me see the level of intricacy the Lord went to in designing the Book of Mormon which goes beyond what I thought possible. Thank you for sharing this type of evidence which supports the spiritual testimony that I have of this divine record.

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