by Diane E. Wirth
Decoding Ancient America: A Guide to the Archaeology of the Book of Mormon. About 2600 years ago, a group of Israelites landed somewhere on the American continent. For nearly two millennia, their story was forgotten—until a boy named Joseph Smith found a record of their history inscribed on metal plates. Now, archaeologists are digging up artifacts that add scientific weight to the words recorded in the Book of Mormon. Could the Mesoamericans have been mixed with the descendants of Lehi and his party?
A legend of the Tree of Life; a belief in the Creation story; a religion of heavenly parents and their son who died to save us all; a festival that too closely resembles the Hebrew Feast of the Tabernacles; fashions that mimic the Middle East; and a system of writing so sophisticated that no other culture in ancient America could master the like—clues and more increasingly point to Mesoamerica as the setting of the Book of Mormon.
In Decoding Ancient America, scholar Diane E. Wirth lays out stunning similarities between the civilization of the Mesoamericans and the history in the Book of Mormon in a reader-friendly format. With new and exciting insights into recent discoveries in Central America and pages full of thoughtful comparisons and compelling illustrations, Decoding Ancient America will capture the interest of any who have ever wondered about the archaeology of the Book of Mormon.
- The Location of the Lands of the Book of Mormon
- The People of the Book of Mormon
- Egyptian Language and Influence on the People of the Book of Mormon
- Parallels Between Hebrew and Nephite Festivals
- Mesoamerican Knowledge of the Creation
- Adam and Eve and Mesoamerican Legends
- Mesoamerican knowledge of birth, death, and resurrection
- Quetzalcoatl and Jesus Christ
- The Tree of Life in Mesoamerica
- The Hill Cummorah
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