How Big A Book? Estimating the Total Surface Area of the Book of Mormon Plates


How Big A Book? Estimating the Total Surface Area of the Book of Mormon Plates

TitleHow Big A Book? Estimating the Total Surface Area of the Book of Mormon Plates
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDale, Bruce E.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume25
Pagination261-268
KeywordsEarly Church History; Eight Witnesses; Gold Plates; Reformed Egyptian; Three Witnesses; Translation
Abstract

We do not have the Book of Mormon metal plates available to us. We cannot heft them, examine the engravings, or handle the leaves of that ancient record as did the Three Witnesses, the Eight Witnesses, and the many other witnesses to both the existence and nature of the plates. In such a situation, what more can we learn about the physical nature of the plates without their being present for our inspection? Building on available knowledge, this article estimates the total surface area of the plates using two independent approaches and finds that the likely surface area was probably between 30 and 86 square feet, or roughly 15% of the surface area of the paper on which the English version of the Book of Mormon is now printed.

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