Remember back on September 9, 2016, we published a fantastic no-wise that proved Samuel the Lamanite was a Mayan because he prophesied in terms of one baktun--the Mesoamerican measure of 400 years. Here's the link: https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/why-did-samuel-make-such-chronologically-precise-prophecies
We even provided a new translation:
As Clark put it, “Samuel the Lamanite warned the Nephites that one baktun ‘shall not pass away before … they [would] be smitten’ (Helaman 13:9).”8
We didn't mention this at the time, but Moses, too, recorded a prophecy in terms of 400 years:
Genesis 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them years;
This can now be translated this way: "And they shall afflict them one baktun."
We've come full circle.
Genesis itself is a Mesoamerican codex!
Note: There are some people out there who think the Nephites were of Semitic origin and therefore would have been familiar with Genesis and the significance of the children of Israel being in bondage to the Egyptians for 400 years. But Samuel the Lamanite was not referencing Genesis; he didn't even mention Moses! It's clear from our own translation that he was referencing Mayan mythology and calendars.
Just because Nephi, Jacob, and King Limhi referred to the Children of Israel being brought of out the land of Egypt doesn't mean Samuel the Lamanite knew that history. It's far better to realize that Moses, when he wrote Genesis, was referencing Mayan mythology and calendars.