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Would we expect Joseph Smith to maintain a mathematically consistent chronology throughout the Book of Mormon?

As well as using multiple calendar systems, the Book of Mormon is further complicated by the fact that the calendar dates match up with other lengths of time mentioned in the storyline. 

Evidence Central details 11 times that Joseph Smith would have needed to maintain mathematical consistency when working with dates. 

  1. Mosiah’s age, how long he has reigned, and the time since Lehi left Jerusalem (Mosiah 6:4 and Mosiah 29:46)
  2. When Ammonihah was destroyed, the reign of the judges, and the time it took to rebuilt the city (Alma 16:1 and Alma 48:8–9)
  3. The length of the sons of Mosiah’s mission, and the reign of the judges (Alma 17:4 and Alma 16:21)
  4. When the sons of Mosiah left on their mission, and the reign of the judges (Alma 17:6 and Mosiah 29:44)
  5. The reign of the judges, and the time since Lehi left Jerusalem (3 Nephi 1:1Mosiah 29:46 and Mosiah 29:44)
  6. The time since Lehi left Jerusalem, the reign of the judges, and the time since Jesus’ birth ( 3 Nephi 1:1, 3 Nephi 1:15 and 3 Nephi 2:5–7)
  7. The duration of the conflict against the Gaddianton robbers, and the time since Jesus’ birth (3 Nephi 4:4 and 3 Nephi 6:1–2)
  8. The age of Jesus’ disciples, and the turn since Jesus’ birth (3 Nephi 10:18, 3 Nephi 28:2 and 4 Nephi 1:14)
  9. How long Amos kept the records for, and the time since Jesus’ birth (4 Nephi 1:18, 20 and 21)
  10. Mormon’s age, and the time since Jesus’ birth (4 Nephi 1:48 and Mormon 1:2)
  11. The duration of peace, and the time since Jesus’ birth (Mormon 2:28, Mormon 3:1 and Mormon 3:4)

How did Joseph Smith manage to do this while dictating without any notes?

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