Dating in archaeology challenges to biblical credibility
This method attempts to match the chronological “pattern” of the exodus described in the biblical text to evidence of that same chronological pattern in the archaeological and historical record.
Mahoney comes to a crisis when, as noted above, he finds there is little evidence of that “pattern” in the time periods normally associated with the exodus event.
First the scribes who copied and preserved the text were careful[i] and meticulous.
They developed numerical systems to ensure an accurate copy.
He gathered a group of villagers to help him clear the entrance so they could go inside and explore.
They found a cave rich in stalactites and stalagmites.
To the extent they do correlate positively, readers, scholars, critics, and even blasphemers of the Book of Mormon should pay attention to the potential credibility of the Book of Mormon based on radiocarbon-dating outcomes in Mesoamerica. In addition, anyone who proposes a Mesoamerica model for Book of Mormon geography should let radiocarbon dating from Mesoamerica help determine the locations of geographic landmarks.
From the perspective of the credibility of the Book of Mormon, radiocarbon dating (also called carbon-14 dating) is clearly one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the twentieth century.
If those dates do not correlate positively with events that occurred somewhere in the New World, the Book of Mormon lacks credibility and is false.They counted the number of lines, letters, and words per page of the new copy and then checked them with count of the original.