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KnoWhy #403 - Are the Accounts of the Golden Plates Believable? (Testimony of the Eight Witnesses)
|Title||KnoWhy #403 - Are the Accounts of the Golden Plates Believable? (Testimony of the Eight Witnesses)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Eight Witnesses; Gold Plates; Metallurgy; Recordkeeping; Reformed Egyptian|
The reported weight, dimensions, and composition of the gold plates are believable. The story of their discovery is supported by a large number of similar archeological finds. And several of their unusual features—such as being bound by D-shaped rings, having a sealed portion, and being written in reformed Egyptian—have a surprising amount of corroboration from the ancient world. Each reported detail, no matter how unusual or unlikely from a 19th century perspective, has checked out in light of 20th and 21st century research.
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