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TitleDivinity of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1866
AuthorsPratt, Orson
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number24
Date Published16 June 1866
KeywordsApologetics; Crucifixion; Intertextuality; Jesus Christ, Death of

The gospel writers of the New Testament fix the time of day of the Savior’s crucifixion at noon and at three o’clock he was removed from the cross. The Book of Mormon records that the sign was given in the morning. The time difference is not contradictory, rather it offers proof that the Book of Mormon was not written by Joseph Smith, who could not have put such detail into the record. Three o’clock in the afternoon in Jerusalem would have been seven-thirty in the morning in America at one hundred twelve degrees west of Jerusalem.