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Confirmatory Evidences of "Mormonism": The Book of Mormon Plates

TitleConfirmatory Evidences of "Mormonism": The Book of Mormon Plates
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1934
AuthorsHarris, Jr., Franklin S.
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number6
Date Published8 February 1934
KeywordsCharacters; Gold; Golden Plates; Language - Hebrew; Language - Reformed Egyptian; Metallurgy; Tumbaga

Joseph Smith described the gold plates as having “the appearance of gold.” The word “appearance” is significant as plates of pure gold would have been in danger of easy destruction. Most likely it was a gold and copper alloy. The Book of Mormon could have been written in Hebrew on just 21 pages or plates; in Phoenician characters about 45 plates would have been necessary, even taking into account the loss of the 116 pages.