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Radiocarbon dating of fossils taken from caves
Had that been the case, we could have bypassed all the hassle with preparing, preserving, and translating the engraved golden plates.
But God requires humans to do all within their power for His work, and only then makes up the difference when necessary, typically applying miraculous aid rather conservatively.
Our word for hippopotamus literally means "river horse," which is what the Greeks called that animal.
But the hippopotamus is totally unrelated to horses.
Zoological accuracy is not the purpose of the scriptures and has little to do with the salvation of souls.
Zoological uncertainty may be hard to avoid given the realities of translation.Now if it were essential for our salvation that we read about peccaries rather than swine, I suppose that God would have instructed Joseph in the matter and corrected the translation appropriately.But we are dealing with a translation, not direct English quotes from God.Names in many languages are ambiguous and difficult to translate with certainty. The difficulties of assigning and translating animal names are illustrated by the example of the Spaniards in dealing with American animals. Likewise, bisons were called "cows," turkeys were called "peacocks," antelope were described in terms of sheep, and the tapir was described in one source as "a species of buffalo of the size and somewhat looking like an ass" (Sorenson, ).For example, the Hebrew word for horse, "sus," has a root meaning of "to leap" and can refer to other animals as well - including the swallow. Bishop Landa called a Yucatan deer a "kind of little wild goat" (Sorenson, Ensign, Oct. The Spaniards called the prickly pear a "fig" and used "plum" (ciruelo) to name a native non-plum species, while some Spaniards used "wheat" (trigo) to name American maize (ibid., p. The Nephites and Jaredites might have made similar name assignments to species they encountered in the New World.For example, what we call a star fish is not a fish at all.