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Dialogue: Vol 36 No 4
The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data
The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data Dean H. Leavitt, Jonathon C. Marshall, and Keith A. Crandall A culture's level of scientific understanding significantly influences how its religious texts are interpreted. The interplay between scientific discovery and scriptural understanding has been controversial throughout history. For example, the Catholic church's response to scholars who disproved the geocentric understanding of the universe is well known. The studies of geology, astronomy, and organic evolution have all caused numerous problems with literal interpretations of the Biblical account of creation. Similarly, the Book of Mormon, a sacred text for a number of American religions, has been subject to reinterpreta-tion in light of new scientific understanding. Its particular account of the history of the American continent has been intensely examined since its introduction by Joseph Smith, Jr., in the mid-nineteenth century. Background on the Book of Mormon The current introduction of the Book of Mormon states that it is a record of God's dealings with two ancient civilizations of the Americas. The earliest group, known as the Jaredites, arrived in the western hemisphere shortly after God confounded the languages at the Tower of Babel (about 2200 B.C.E.). The other group came to the Americas after a prophet named Lehi was directed by God to leave Jerusalem in 600 B.C.E. with a small group that included his family (two of his sons were named Nephi and Laman) and others. Upon arriving in the "Promised Land" (the Americas), Lehi's party split into two groups: the Nephites and the Lamanites. The Book of Mormon also includes the people of Zarahemla, who similarly left the Near East around 600 B.C.E. This group is
Leavitt, Dean H. ; Marshall, Jonathon C. ; Crandall, Kieth A.