You are here
A Sympathetic but Flawed Look at Book of Mormon Historicity
|Title||A Sympathetic but Flawed Look at Book of Mormon Historicity|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||Gardner, Brant A.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon Geography; Book of Mormon Geography - Mesoamerica; Historicity; Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|
Terrence O’Leary enters the field of books attempting to describe a geographical and cultural background to the Book of Mormon. Placing the action of the text in Mesoamerica, O’Leary explains the Book of Mormon against his understanding of the geography and therefore culture of the Book of Mormon peoples. He begins with the Jaredites, then moves to the Nephites and Mulekites. Along the way, he uses historical data to back up his ideas. While I agree with much of what he has written in principle, his lack of expertise in the cultures of Mesoamerica leads to times when he incorrectly uses some of his sources.
Items in the BMC Archive are made publicly available for non-commercial, private use. Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. Items do not represent the official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of Book of Mormon Central.
Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free