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Why is the list of supposed anachronisms in the Book of Mormon continually getting smaller? If it was written by Joseph Smith, wouldn’t it look clumsier over time rather than being proved stronger?

Since the publication of the Book of Mormon, it has been criticised for including anachronisms, which are things we would not expect at such a time or place. Curiously the list of anachronisms has been continually getting smaller as we discover more about the Near East and Mesoamerica, such as:

Wouldn’t we expect the Book of Mormon to look less plausible over time if Joseph Smith had made it up himself? Why are we seeing the opposite?


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