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From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith
By Michael R. Ash
When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, one of the startling finds was a copper scroll. Hundreds of other metal plates have surfaced since then, including a bronze plate found during the same period that the Lehites fled Jerusalem with Laban’s brass plates, and a copper scroll inscribed in Hebrew and dating to the twelfth century BC. In 1933, a scholar discovered “two shallow, neatly made stone boxes with lids, each containing two square plates of gold and silver”. Not only did ancient civilizations write on metal plates, but many of these plates were buried in stone boxes.
Michael R. Ash is the author of: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting The Prophet Joseph Smith. He is the owner and operator of MormonFortress.com and is on the management team for FairMormon. He has been published in Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, the Maxwell Institute’s FARMS Review, and is the author of Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt. He and his wife live in Ogden, Utah, and have three daughters.
Julianne Dehlin Hatton is a broadcast journalist living in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked as a News Director at an NPR affiliate, Radio and Television Host, and Airborne Traffic Reporter. She graduated with an MSSc from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2008. Julianne and her husband Thomas are the parents of four children.
Music for Faith and Reason is provided by Arthur Hatton.