On a number of occasions, the Book of Mormon introduces concepts that are historically out of time. These concepts were either introduced in the New Testament, or after the Jews were deported to Babylon, and thus after the Lehites left Jerusalem. This is significant because it supports the theory that the Book of Mormon originated in the nineteenth century. Obviously, these concepts were unknown to the early Jews, but they would have been familiar to Joseph Smith.
The Virgin Birth
Demons and Possession
KJV Translation Errors
The Book of Mormon contains a large amount of material quoted from the Bible. This material is invariably quoted from the King James Version. Whenever the KJV contains a translation error, it also appears in the Book of Mormon, proving that the KJV was the source of these quotes, and not some ancient plates.
The Book of Mormon and the King James Version
Isaiah in the Book of Mormon (David P. Wright)
Since it appears that Joseph Smith simply projected his own world, and the culture of the Old Testament, into his version of American prehistory, we often find that he credits the ancient Americans with artifacts and tools that archaeology has been unable to verify.
Book of Mormon Metallurgy
Book of Mormon Animals
Book of Mormon Crops
There are several words and names which appear in the Book of Mormon which come from languages that were either unknown to the ancient Jews, or not yet in use.
Alpha and Omega
Book of Mormon Names
New Testament Paraphrases
The New Testament contains a large number of quotes from the Old Testament. These quotes sometime differ from the source material, either becuase the New Testament author paraphrased the section to make a point, or because the quote came from the Septuagint, or one of the other ancient versions. On occasion, the Book of Mormon quotes and Old Testament passage using a New Testament paraphrase. This is significant, because it indicates that the author of the Book of Mormon had access to the New Testament.
II Corinthians 6:17
The Book of Mormon quotes a fairly large amount of material from the King James Version. In very many cases, these quotes appear long before the Bible passage itself was actually written. The obvious answer to this problem is that the Book of Mormon was written after the passage that it quotes.
Included in this topic should be New Testament quotes. Unfortunately, there are far too many to list here. The New Testament quotes are categorised, cross-referenced and listed here.
Occasionally, the Book of Mormon even quotes sections of the Bible that are now known to be forgeries - later interpolations into the biblical text. Thus, not only does the Book of Mormon quote Biblical passages before they were written - it also sometimes manages to quote passages that were never a part of the original manuscripts, but were added to the text at a later date.
I John 5:7
The Bible in the Book of Mormon
Influenced by the KJV of the Bible
There have been a vast number of textual changes between the first and subsequnt editions of the Book of Mormon. The majority of these changes involve grammar and spelling (reflecting Joseph Smith's early struggles with Jacobean English phrasing). A few changes involve the narrative of the Book of Mormon itself.
I Nephi 11:18
I Nephi 11:21
I Nephi 11:32
I Nephi 13:40
I Nephi 20:1
II Nephi 12:9
II Nephi 15:25
II Nephi 16:2
II Nephi 16:5
II Nephi 16:8
II Nephi 19:5
II Nephi 30:6
III Nephi 22:4
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