This thread is a spin-off from The Many Gods of Mormonism.
Mormonism has four books of “Scriptures:” The KJV (only!), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The KJV was rewritten by Joseph Smith Jun. to correct its “errors and omissions.” The “corrected” KJV is available in LDS (Latter Day Saints) bookstores.
Quote: **The period covered by the Book of Mormon annals extends from B.C. 600 to A.D. 421. In or about the latter year, Moroni, the last of the Nephite historians, sealed the sacred record, and hid it up unto the Lord, to be brought forth in the latter days, as predicted by the voice of God through his ancient prophets. In A.D. 1827, this same Moroni, then a resurrected personage, delivered the plates to Joseph Smith. [text continues] **
The ancient record, thus brought forth from the earth, as the voice of a people speaking from the dust, and translated into modern speech by the gift and power of God as attested to by Divine affirmation, was first published in the world in the year 1830 as the Book of Mormon. End quote.
But it wasn’t “translated into modern speech.” “Reformed Egyptian” in which the golden plates were allegedly inscribed (a language unknown to scholars), was translated into the Elizabethan English of the 17th century. In fact, it is an imitation of Elizabethan English in all the content that wasn’t directly copied verbatim or paraphrased from the KJV. Hmmmm.
“And it came to pass” occurs no fewer than eight times on one page, selected at random. “Behold” seems to be God’s favorite word.
These golden plates upon which the BOM was allegedly recorded were taken to heaven for safekeeping before they could be examined. Smith advised that if anyone so much as peeked at the golden plates – kept in a box and covered with a cloth – that God would immediately strike them dead. The plates remained in Smith’s possession and under his control until the angel took them away.
Any arguments to be made either for or against the authenticity of the Book of Mormon?