Article of the Week

February 19, 2018
Article of the Week
Animals in the Book of Mormon: Challenges and Perspectives
Author Wade E. Miller Author Matthew Roper

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Wade E. Miller and Matthew Roper that was published in our newest issue, 56:4. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

When the Book of Mormon first appeared, skeptics said that references to horses, asses, elephants, and other animals (such as swine and cows) were out of place. The authors of this study use archaeological evidence to argue the animals mentioned in the Book of Mormon had once been present in North America, although dating to an earlier period than that covered in the Book of Mormon, and could have survived even into the Lehite period.

First, they discuss Book of Mormon geography, preferring the Mesoamerican theory. They then address the topic of domestication, cross-cultural naming challenges, the extinction of animals, and the difficulty of identifying an extinction date for any animal. They then examine the individual animals mentioned in the Book of Mormon, including the unidentified cureloms and cumoms.