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Why did Joseph Smith change those verses? For clarity. The December 1983 edition of the LDS-published Ensign magazine included the article Understanding Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon. The article addresses several types of changes including the specific ones asked about by the OP. In a few places, however, Joseph Smith did intentionally add to ...


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The original 12 apostles/disciples of Jesus were all Jewish. By Jewish I understand you to mean "of the twelve tribes of Israel"/ Israelites. Since one can interpret Jewish to be the religion, and there are Gentiles who adopt Judaism and are sometimes considered Jewish from a religious perspective, one needs to be careful with the term. But from ...


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Yes, the Tree of Life is actually a common motif for seemingly many cultures -- not just the Near East. Its symbol and presence in mythology transcends geographical boundaries. Just conducting a basic google search, Wikipedia cites all the many cultures that have portrayed a "Tree of Life" in their mythical/philosophical traditions: Tree of life (...


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To answer all five of your questions. Yes, there is more information. There are English translations. You can find a rendering of the text in English at newadvent.org. that appears to date to 18961. There is another English rendering here with a helpful introduction. If not a correlation, there is some similarity. A twenty-two page analysis of text, ...


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+1 for the great question! To begin as Members of the LDS Church "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." (Article of Faith 8) Throughout my response I will be referencing Plain and Precious Truths Restored, an article written in October of 2006. There are ...


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Joseph Smith claimed "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it has been translated correctly". However, he used the term "translation" rather loosely to refer to the entire process of transmission from the divine source. The idea that his translation of the Bible was done more with the intent to correct understanding than the text is ...


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The dream of which we read in 1 Nephi 8 is somewhat reminiscent of the Tree of Knowledge story in Genesis 3, except that instead of a snake, there is a man in a white robe, and no harm comes to those who eat the fruit. The parallels seem close enough to suggest a literary dependency. In Genesis 3:22-24, we read that the Tree of Life bestows immortality, so ...


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The answer would be both. There is much evidences within the bible itself that things have been omitted. 1 Chr 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, (KJV) Num. 21:14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of ...


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