The Present Status of Book of Mormon Archaeology, Part IV: Minor Correspondences

Title

The Present Status of Book of Mormon Archaeology, Part IV: Minor Correspondences

Magazine

Millennial Star

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Year of Publication

1952

Authors

Pagination

293–297, 304

Date Published

December 1952

Volume

114

Issue Number

12

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Bibliographic Citation

Christensen, Ross T. "The Present Status of Book of Mormon Archaeology, Part IV: Minor Correspondences", Millennial Star, Vol. 114. no. 12 1952:293–297, 304.

Abstract

Christensen defines Book of Mormon archaeology as “that branch of general archaeology which studies the discoveries . . . [for] every fact which throws light upon the Book of Mormon.” It can be expected both to elucidate the scripture and to confirm it. Using the study of the Bible through archaeology as a model, he lays out a logic and methods for doing so, notably by establishing “major” and “minor” correspondences. Major correspondences consist of geographical and chronological frameworks in the real (New) world that compare adequately with what the Book of Mormon says. Minor correspondences consider specific cultural elements such as the use of iron, the wheel, the horse, etc. Ultimately it should be possible to test “the historical claims” of the Book of Mormon by archaeology. The status thus far is reviewed in this series and the interim conclusion is reached that “in large part the Book of Mormon is vindicated by archaeological science; but many points still remain . . . to challenge us.” The fourth and final part discusses minor correspondences.

Archaeology
Horses
External Evidence
Wheels
Iron
Book of Mormon Historicity

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