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How did Joseph Smith know about ancient calendrical patterns?

Several passages in the Book of Mormon appear to follow the pattern of Mayan texts which present historical data by mentioning the date, details, distance markers, and parentage or family. 

Evidence Central lists 8 instances of this in the Book of Mormon including Alma 63:10-16:

Why would Joseph Smith include parentage or family details in these contexts? What are the odds that Joseph Smith would know how to present historical data this way?


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