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Why do non-LDS Christians accept the testimonies of the apostles but reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

For those who have 'discovered' the Jesus of the Bible, resurrected from the dead and alive today, they swiftly spot that the Jesus of Joseph Smith is not the same Jesus. He is claimed to be the first ...
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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

The arguments against the authenticity and veracity of the Book of Mormon are multiple. To name a few: Convenient absence of the original 'golden plates' According to Joseph Smith the golden plates ...
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What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon that we couldn't find in the Bible already?

First, I am slightly surprised that you've never seen Mormons use the Book of Mormon to teach/establish doctrine. (Talk to the missionaries; I bet they'll use the Book of Mormon quite extensively.) ...
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Why did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, not in use in 1830?

Joseph Smith did not just translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, but into a very specific type of Jacobean English, as used in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV). W. H Stevenson (...
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In Jerusalem around 600BC, who was Laban?

Dr. Hugh Nibley, an LDS scholar who did extensive research on the Book of Mormon, discussed this issue in chapter 4 of his book "Lehi In The Desert", describing how Laban fits a quite well-defined ...
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Is the English translation of "Book of Mormon" ever revised or updated, and if so, on what basis given that the golden plates have disappeared?

No, the Book of Mormon has never been revised into a more modern English dialect. There have been various updates to the printing of the Book of Mormon over time to correct errors in the typesetting ...
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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Reformed Egyptian and archeology Only a select few ever claimed to have seen the golden plates Smith said contained the records of the Book of Mormon. The plates were said to have been written in ...
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Did Joseph Smith “translate the Book of Mormon”?

Yes, according to the Latter Day Saints, the Book of Mormon was originally written in 'reformed Egyptian characters' on gold plates by prophets living in the Americas from the fourth century BCE until ...
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Assuming the Book of Mormon is historically accurate, does this necessarily imply the Great Apostasy?

First, you should be aware that not all of Mormon doctrine, or even of the things that are generally considered "the stuff that makes Mormons unique among Christianity," is contained in the Book of ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

1. Authorship-Translator Joseph Smith had an elementary education and managed to produce a 500 page book in 3 months (obtained plates on 22 September 1827). Born into a poor farming family, he was ...
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Why do the later versions of the Book of Mormon contain added phrases that seem to change the nature of Christ?

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 ...
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Is there an Arabic translation of the Book of Mormon?

Yes, the Book of Mormon is translated into Arabic (كتاب مورمون), as well as the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. A scanned PDF of the Arabic Book of Mormon can be found here, and a ...
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According to the Book of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of great price and/or prophets, what prohibits lust?

The LDS believe in chastity or in being sexually pure. The Law of Chasity describes the commandment to not commit adultery, or to lust. Scriptures from Doctrine and Covenants: D&C 42:22-23 - ...
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Why do non-LDS Christians accept the testimonies of the apostles but reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

Even if we accept that Joseph Smith received the golden plates as LDS describes it, neither LDS adherents nor skeptics can verify the translation. Contrast this with Bible believing Christians, any of ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

Witnesses: Testimony of Prophet Joseph Smith Testimony of Three Witnesses Oliver Cowdery David Whitmer Martin Harris declared an angel of God appeared to them and showed them the Book of Mormon ...
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Why is the name Jehovah not used more in the Book of Mormon?

It's pretty simple. The Book of Mormon translation follows in the KJV tradition, which in turn follows in the Jewish tradition. (1) Out of reverence, Jews never pronounced יהוה when reading scripture. ...
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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Why should we believe Mormonism's one and only source? The content of the Bible enjoys the benefit of what historians call "multiple independent attestation." that is, the events, people and ...
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Are translations of the book of Mormon into other languages made from English, or are the golden plates stashed in a temple somewhere?

You're right, the golden plates were returned to the angel Moroni at the conclusion of the original translation into English. First, we have to understand the translation process (this link is the ...
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Did the Community of Christ denounce the Book of Mormon?

The Community of Christ has not denounced the Book of Mormon. According to Wikipedia the Community of Christ views the Book of Mormon as an additional witness of Jesus Christ and publishes two ...
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Did the Community of Christ denounce the Book of Mormon?

In order to understand the current position of the Community of Christ on the Book of Mormon, it's important to look at the role The Book of Mormon holds in the shared history of the Community of ...
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What is LDS teaching about how Bible verses came to be in the Book of Mormon?

The short answer is that some church leaders and others have commented on this subject, with various points of view taken. On the one hand, some point out that those who witnessed the translation ...
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Is the Book of Mormon considered to be another Gospel? (LDS perspective)

No, according to the subtitle to The Book of Mormon, it is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ", not another gospel. Quoting from the title page of The Book of Mormon (emphasis mine): Which is to ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

tl;dr Either Joseph Smith had a nearly unrealistically powerful imagination and coincidentally had many completely imaginative story elements line up with reality, or he had some kind of supernatural--...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

My previous answer addressed negative arguments -- I believe a well-rounded response to the OP's question should also contain positive arguments and a general look at the purpose of the Book of Mormon ...
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Why do non-LDS Christians accept the testimonies of the apostles but reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

It is simplistic to suppose that a choice is being made by certain Christians to believe the testimony of twelve Israelites in the middle of the first century or to believe the testimony of eleven men ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest arguments for the credibility of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

The Spaulding Theory (I will address various parts of the OP's questions in separate posts, for readability) For about 50 years in the 19th century the Spaulding manuscript was the most popular ...
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Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon?

...not clarifications or particular interpretations that Book of Mormon might put on things that are in the Bible, but rather doctrines Mormons believe in that have no Biblical basis That can be a ...
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Are there any archaeological evidences suggesting the existence of the Book of Mormon?

To answer your question, I would challenge you to learn as much about the American continent as you can for the date that the Book of Mormon was compiled (~400AD). You will quickly discover that there ...
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Are there any archaeological evidences suggesting the existence of the Book of Mormon?

Since there was only one set of plates, we could never expect to find direct archaeological evidence of them, as they are now in angelic custody. However, there ought to be indirect evidence that ...
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Is the English translation of "Book of Mormon" ever revised or updated, and if so, on what basis given that the golden plates have disappeared?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the most prominent group of people associated with the name 'Mormon', have only issued new editions when previous editions were found to not ...
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