Book of Mormon
“The Book of Mormon was written by someone who either had a KJV Bible in front of him, or was intimately familiar with its contents. When we add to this phenomenon other Book of Mormon problems, such as the lack of any historical, archaeological or linguistic confirmation, the large number of anachronistic terms and items referenced in the book, and its mirroring of the issues and problems of the nineteenth century Protestant Church, and we come to the inescapable conclusion that the Book of Mormon originated in the early nineteenth century
“It is very evident that the Book of Mormon owes much to the King James Version. Since this particular version of the Bible was not translated until 1611, it means that the Book of Mormon cannot be an ancient work as Joseph Smith claimed.”
Book of Mormon Error (Off Site)
II Nephi 19:1 “qualifies the reference to ‘way of the sea’ in Isaiah, and makes it the Red Sea. This is, however, quite impossible.”
Book of Mormon Evidences (Off Site)
“The Book of Mormon is a product of the nineteenth century, and that there is nothing about it that cannot be explained in terms of a purely human origin.”
A response to the claim that the Book of Mormon accurately portrays the journey of a desert traveler in Arabia.
Some of the examples of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon “may seem to be compelling, but when closely examined, they turn out to be little more than wishful thinking.” They are no more compelling than subsequent supposed chiasms created by Joseph Smith in his other sermons, journals, and prayers.
Evidence for the Book of Mormon? (Off Site)
Mormon critics frequently point out the lack of historical evidence for the Book of Mormon. Mormon apologists respond by stating that “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” What would be necessary to show that the Book of Mormon stories do not accurately portray ancient New World history and events?
A Mormon apologist challenged Mormon critics to show that the “View of the Hebrews” is a source for the Book of Mormon. This critic responded, but the apologist refuses to acknowledge the response. See also “More on the View of the Hebrews.”
“The bare facts of the matter are that nothing, absolutely nothing, has ever shown up in any New World excavation which would suggest to a dispassionate observer that the Book of Mormon, as claimed by Joseph Smith, is a historical document relating to the history of early immigrants to our hemisphere.”
Where did the book of Mormon come from? In “Prophecy and Palimpsest” Robert M. Price outlines the case for a human rather than divine origin of the book, arguing that it is “a modern pseudepigraph, the work of Joseph Smith himself,” the founder of the Latter-day Saints. “The Book of Mormon never existed as a set of golden plates in a foreign language” handed down by the angel Moroni, but was Smith’s way of presenting America’s frontier heritage in biblical language. His portrayal of American Christianity was really just a reflection of what he thought Christianity ought to become, and his fictionalized image of the biblical past was a mirror of the way he thought things ought to be.
In this follow-up piece to “Prophecy and Palimpsest,” Robert M. Price defends his position that the Book of Mormon is a pseudepigraph crafted by Joseph Smith. Various points are addressed in response to William Hamblin’s objections to “Prophecy and Palimpsest.”
The Skeptic’s Annotated Book of Mormon (Off Site)
Skeptical indexes and commentary to various passages of the Book of Mormon.
Every time the Book of Mormon has met a true challenge, the result has been nothing short of colossal failure.
Unanswerable Book of Mormon Questions (Off Site)
Some Mormons claim that the Book of Mormon was supposedly written in “reformed Egyptian” instead of Hebrew because Hebrew was not as compact as “reformed Egyptian.” As the author shows, this may be false.