Why is the Book of Mormon using ancient calendrical patterns?
Several passages in the Book of Mormon appear to follow the pattern of Mayan texts which present historical data using 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:
- Date: And it came to pass in the thirty and ninth year of the reign of the judges
- Details: Shiblon died also, and Corianton had gone forth to the land northward in a ship, to carry forth provisions unto the people who had gone forth into that land.
- Distance markers: And it came to pass also in this year that there were some dissenters who had gone forth unto the Lamanites; and they were stirred up again to anger against the Nephites.
- Parentage or family: And thus ended the account of Alma, and Helaman his son, and also Shiblon, who was his son.
Why would Joseph Smith include parentage or family details in these contexts? How would Joseph Smith know to present historical data this way?
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