Friday, November 09, 2007

Book of Mormon Translation Timeline



LDS apologists like to say that the Book of Mormon was written in only 60 days and what a amazing feat this was. However, what they fail to say is this claim means 60 different individual days "translation". Not the chronological passing of time from when Joseph Smith started to when it ended.

Using Thursday June 25, 1829 as the day translation was completed. From when Joseph first saw the plates it was 5 years 9 months. From when Joseph first physically visited the plates it's 4 years 9 months or when he took possession of the plates it's 1 year 9 months. When he first translated from the plates (HC 1:19) it's 1 year 7 months. When he started translation with Martin Harris it's 1 year 2 months

To say it was done in just 60 days is very misleading bordering on dishonest. The sixty day number is thrown out implying writing the book is a impossible task in that time frame for a uneducated farm boy. The test implies that there are actual plates and not an author and writing can't begin with out "the plates".

However a critic doesn't need to assume there are actual plates just some method of authorship. If someone starts telling stories about a magic book that they are going to be able to translate it's reasonable that he started working on the BOM the first time he told a story about it.

Here is the timeline:


1822- Joseph Smith finds a seer stone while digging a well by his farmhouse


Sept 1823-Joseph Says he sees Moroni in a vision in his room and is allowed to see the plates but not take them.


Sept 1824-Joseph visits the plates again, but is not allowed to take themSept 1825-Joseph visits the plates yet again.


March 1826-Joseph is arrested for "glass looking" with the seer stone to find buried treasure


Sept 1826-Joseph visits the plates


Sept 1827-Joseph finally takes possession of the plates


April 1828-Joseph begins translation of Book of Lehi with Martin Harris as scribeJune 1828-Manuscripts for Book of Lehi are lost


July 1828- Joseph receives revelation telling him his gift of translating is taken away for a season


Sept 1828-Joseph starts re-translation of Book of Mormon without any instructions from God or any kind of revelation. He just does it on his own, the really odd thing is he doesn't attempt to re-translate the Book of Lehi, and skips 1Nephi, 2Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni and Words of Mormon. He continues where he left off chronologically at the end of the Book of Lehi, or the beginning of Mosiah. His wife Emma served as scribe.


April 1829-Joseph begins the "rapid-fire" translation now with Oliver Cowdery as scribe


April 1829- Oliver Cowdery wants to translate with the magic rock in the hat, is granted the ability, then God changed his mind because Oliver isn't patient enough.


May 1829-Joseph receives revelation not to re-translate Book of Lehi and to replace it with Books of Nephi. The Lord also tells Joseph that "NOW" his gift of translating is "restored" hmm...


June 1829-Transcript is finished, witnesses "see" the plates and Joseph gives them back to Moroni.


Reference
http://www.exmormon.org/exmoblogs.html

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You sound a little sceptical but that is pretty much what happened.

Gusser said...

Actually, your "timeline" isn't very accurate, and you need some help with English grammar.

Maybe you should post info once you have actually studied it... just a thought. :)

Jacob Primo said...

Gusser,

You're more than welcome to respond with what you think is incorrect.

It's all corroborated by the historical record.

Jacobprimo

Anonymous said...

Hi I a Christian not a mormon and I was wondering where did you get your info and How do you know what you beleive is true? the Bible was before the bok of Mormon and Joseph smith used it so how can you use the bible if the book of mormon contridicts it?

Anonymous said...

What historical record?

DirknRory said...

For all who are truly honest-hearted seekers of the truth, I found a really fair and very well-researched, documented, and explained timeline on the translation of the Book of Mormon at:
http://www.eldenwatson.net/BoM.htm

Enjoy!

Brad said...

The claim of a 60 day translation is based on the historical information available. Much of which comes from Joseph and associates. Almost all of which you fail to mention. The circumstances of Joseph's life which disallowed continuous translation are documented. Do you have contemporaneous witness that is to the contrary? if so please inform us .While Latter Day Saint history is imperfect it is comparatively impressive in detail and accuracy. Of course prayer and personal revelation is the way to finding the truth, as the Book itself teaches.

Brad said...

The claim of a 60 day translation is based on the historical information available. Much of which comes from Joseph and associates. Almost all of which you fail to mention. The circumstances of Joseph's life which disallowed continuous translation are documented. Do you have contemporaneous witness that is to the contrary? if so please inform us .While Latter Day Saint history is imperfect it is comparatively impressive in detail and accuracy. Of course prayer and personal revelation is the way to finding the truth, as the Book itself teaches.

Jake D. said...

Brad,

You seem to suggest that there is contrary information please show me where I'm wrong. Joseph started talking about the book and the plates 5 years and 9 months before the book was completed. If I don't buy the story of angels and magic glasses just a person making a book I can say that their composition time was at least that long. If you want to claim 60 days because that's just the time we know we actually worked on it that's bogus.

It's like me saying I graduated college in 3 weeks because I'm only counting the actual time spent in a classroom.