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Confirmatory Evidences of "Mormonism": The Book of Mormon Plates
|Title||Confirmatory Evidences of "Mormonism": The Book of Mormon Plates|
|Publication Type||Magazine Article|
|Year of Publication||1934|
|Authors||Harris, Jr., Franklin S.|
|Magazine||The Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star|
|Date Published||8 February 1934|
|Keywords||Characters; 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.
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