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Anachronisms in the Book of Mormon

Author: Brant A. Gardner

An anachronism is something that appears out of chronological order in history. Some people look at the text of the Book of Mormon and identify several elements that appear contrary to history. For example, the text refers to horses, but archaeologists have yet to uncover horse remains from the Book of Mormon era. Some may think that an apparent anachronism in a text proves it as false. In the case of the Book of Mormon, it does not claim to be an ancient text but rather a translation of an ancient text. This doesn't mean that we should ignore the possible anachronisms, but rather that we should look closely to see if there is a reasonable explanation for their presence. 

Learn more about this topic in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History