Here is Part 4 of a review of http://www.bookofmormongeography.info
“Amazing” is a new section, which didn’t exist a few months ago when I began researching this theory. The author tries to make the Book of Mormon match NY geography, instead of first coming up with an internal model, and seeing if NY fits. He makes the following claim:
The only extravagant building mentioned in The Book of Mormon is a “palace.” Wicked king Noah built one:
And he also built him a spacious palace, and a throne in the midst thereof, all of which was of fine wood and was ornamented with gold and silver and with precious things. (Mosiah 11:9)
The main difference between Noah’s palace (Which was built in weeks and months not generations.) and those cited above, is that it was made of wood. Wood does not last thousands of years. There will not be ruins left to either photograph or to walk in, and geographers should not expect to find any since they were ALL DESTROYED in the last battle. (Mormon 5:5)
Apparently, the author either doesn’t know about, or is ignoring the following scriptures from the Book of Mormon.
Helaman 3: 7, 9, 11
7 And there being but little timber upon the face of the land, nevertheless the people who went forth became exceedingly expert in the working of cement; therefore they did build houses of cement, in the which they did dwell.
9 And the people who were in the land northward did dwell in tents, and in houses of cement, and they did suffer whatsoever tree should spring up upon the face of the land that it should grow up, that in time they might have timber to build their houses, yea, their cities, and their temples, and their synagogues, and their sanctuaries, and all manner of their buildings.
11 And thus they did enable the people in the land northward that they might build many cities, both of wood and of cement.
Yes, these are not palaces, they are entire cities. Cement is much more durable than wood. It is interesting to note that Helaman occurs before the visit of Christ, so cement buildings (could it also be translated adobe?) were around, and could conceivably be found, and many have been found in other possible sites.
It seems that the author is trying to shoehorn the Book of Mormon into NY, rather that seeing where the evidence leads. I have another question? If Western NY is the site of Book or Mormon lands, where did Nephi land? The shortest route seems to be near Boston, or perhaps Plymouth, Massachusetts. Or is it Manhattan? Or did they come up the St Laurence river in Canada? (No, that would be heresy according to his theory, because he wants nothing to do with Canada.)
Why is he silent on this point of his theory? This is an important consideration, which it seems he is ignoring.
Also, all of the artifacts found in NY are stone age artifacts. These artifacts, flint arrowheads, basic tools are nowhere near elaborate as the palace listed that he references Mosiah 11:9. This palace, even though made of wood, was “ornamented with gold and silver and with precious things.” What happened to the gold, silver and precious things? Should we not find these artifacts, even if the wood building was destroyed? Where is the evidence?
The author is making a statement that they are not found because they were destroyed. However, the Lamanites would have not have destroyed “gold and silver and with precious things” (as mentioned in Mosiah), because they were valuable. After all, the Lamanites were known for robbery, and desired many things of the Nephites. They would not only have kept the gold, but would probably have used it for their own purposes. They did not have the technology to vaporize gold and silver.
The author is trying to tell us that there can be no evidence found.This is completely wrong.He is trying to make this claim, because the archaeology does not support his theory.
As for the only “palace” mentioned in the Book of Mormon was King Noah’s, don’t you think the temple is pretty important, and ornate as well? There are at least 20 references to temples in the Book of Mormon. Let’s look at these references:
Mosiah 2:1 And it came to pass that after Mosiah had done as his father had commanded him, and had made a proclamation throughout all the land, that the people agathered themselves together throughout all the land, that they might go up to the btemple to chear the dwords which king Benjamin should speak unto them.16 And I, Nephi, did abuild a btemple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of cSolomon save it were not built of so many dprecious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s etemple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of fSolomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.2 Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the aresponsibility which I am under to God, to bmagnify mine office with csoberness, and that I might drid my garments of your sins, I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of God.Hel. 3: 9 And the people who were in the land northward did dwell in atents, and in houses of cement, and they did suffer whatsoever tree should spring up upon the face of the land that it should grow up, that in time they might have timber to build their houses, yea, their cities, and their temples, and their bsynagogues, and their sanctuaries, and all manner of their buildings.
I agree with the following point:
no buildings, no homes, nothing else. Which is exactly what we find all over Western New York.
This statement weakens this theory; it does not strengthen the author’s position. Either do some real research and update these problems, or realize that NY does not fit the Book of Mormon.