long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lamanites invading from Teotihuacan

Dr. Hamblin posted a theory I don't recall reading before. He notes that the destruction of the Nephites occurred between 363-385 AD, or 360-381 AD. He then compares this with the "Entrada" of AD 378, wherein Siyaj K'ak' invaded Mayan lands from Teotihuacan.

He reaches this conclusion: "The Maya historical record thus broadly confirms the Book of Mormon claim of major wars and dynastic and cultural transformation in the 370s."

Of course, the Book of Mormon mentions wars 167 times. From the Jaredite times through the final Nephite battle at Cumorah, it was only after the appearance of Christ that there were no wars. So it would be surprising if there was not a "correspondence" between the Book of Mormon and any war anywhere. But Hamblin is making a specific link here.

I'm very curious how a Lamanite invasion from Teotihuacan fits any kind Mesoamerican geography.

I realize Sorenson cited fortifications at Teotihuacan as evidence of large-scale warfare as described in the Book of Mormon, and the site is often mentioned in connection with Quetzalcoatl, but Teotihuacan is well outside the limited geography model. Can anyone explain this? 

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