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PROFESSOR HAROLD J BERRY SPLURGES NONSENSE
IS "DR" JAMES WHITE'S DOCTORATE BOGUS?
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MORMONS AND MOON MEN
PAUL & BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD - WHO ARE 'THEY'?
PAUL AND GENEALOGY
ROT SPEAKS WITH FORKED ONGUE AND THREATENS FORMER DIRECTOR
FROM ANTI-MORMON TO MORMON - MY JOURNEY!
A DIVINE COMEDY
UTAH MISSIONS INC. BATTLES AMONG ITSELF
WORST OF THE ANTI-MORMON WEB #1
ED DECKER LIES - 1
ED DECKER LIES - 2
ED DECKER LIES - 3
ED DECKER LIES - 4
ED DECKER LIES - 5
ED DECKER LIES - 6
ED DECKER LIES - 7
ED DECKER LIES - 8
ED DECKER LIES - 9
ED DECKER LIES - 10
THE BIBLE CALLS THEM "FOOLS"
EGG ON FACES
REACH OUT TRUST [ROT] USES INNUENDO AS A WEAPON
ROT'S FORKED TONGUE
SATANIC INFLUENCE ADMITTED IN ROT JOURNAL
WHAT REACH OUT TRUST DARE NOT REVEAL
REACH OUT TRUST - THE POISONED CHALICE
REACH OUT TRUST EMBRACES DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
THE DEVIL LIES!
IMAGES OF HATE -CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 21
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER 26
CHAPTER 27
CHAPTER 28
CHAPTER 29
CHAPTER 30
CHAPTER 31
CHAPTER 32
APPENDIX 'A'
APPENDIX 'B'
APPENDIX 'C'
APPENDIX 'D'
BIBLIOGRAPHY
FOOTNOTES & THE END
MISSING BOOKS OF THE HOLY BIBLE
BIBLE - INERRANT? INFALLIBLE?
CARM.& THE HOLY BIBLE
CARM. THE BIBLE IS NOT THEIR FINAL AUTHORITY
'GOOD WORKS' IN BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST?
IMPOSSIBLE TEXTS
CHRISTOLOGY ACCORDING TO EUSEBIUS
THE MORMON JESUS
WAS JESUS MARRIED?
MORMONS DO NOT SAY ALL NON-LDS CHRISTIANS ARE CORRUPT
MORMONS AND OTHER CHRISTIANS
A PASTOR ASKS A FAIR QUESTION.
CARM 101 - A DISAPPOINTMENT!
MCELVEEN'S DELUSION
SHAFOVALOFF FLUNKS THE 2 NEPHI 25:23 TEST
CARM.& ATONEMENT & SALVATION
CARM ~ MAKES IT UP!
CARM AND THE DEVIL
CARM ~ DOCTRINE OF GOD
CARM ON THE INCARNATION
CARM & THEOSIS
THE HULSES: LYIN' FER JESUS!
ROCKY HULSE
THE TRUTH ABOUT MORMONISM
JOSEPH SMITH
JOSEPH SMITH BY THOSE THAT KNEW HIM
TRUTH IN LOVE TO MORMONS . COM
DON'T SAY YOU LOVE ME IF IT ISN'T TRUE!
PLURAL MARRIAGE COMMANDED BY GOD
PLURAL MARRIAGE IN THE EARLY AND MEDIAEVAL AND LATER CGHRISTIAN CHURCHES
PLURAL MARRIAGE BROUGHT BACK BY EVANGELICALS
LORI MCGREGOR TALKS TWADDLE
CONCERNED CHRISTIANS INC,
JESUS TELLS CHRISTIANS TO FORSAKE THEIR SINS
A STINGING COMPLAINT AGAINST CONCERNED CHRISTIANS
R.O.T.
RENDELL'S DISHONEST CLAIMS
DOUG HARRIS BETRAYER & PROMISE BREAKER
L.O.U.T.
ROT'S SNEAKY FANATICS
ROT TALKS ROT
ROT'S FORKED TONGUE & DOUBLE MINDEDNESS
ROT'S RITUAL FABRICATIOJNJ
UNIVERSALISM TAUGHT - DR HANSON'S THOUGHTS
MINOR IRRITATIONS & PETTY NIGGLES
BOGUS 'DR' JAY DEE NELSON
GB HANCOCK
BOGUS 'DR' WALTER R MARTIN
BOGUS 'DOCTOR' WILLIE DYE
BOGUS 'DR' FALES
FALES' BOGUS DEFENDER
BOGUS RESPONSE TO BOGUS "DR" FALES
BRINKERHOFF'S EGREGIOUS ERROR
BRINKERHOFF'S TREACHERY - 1
BRINKERHOFF'S TREACHERY - 2
IS ANTI-MORMONISM CHRISTIAN ?
DANGEROUS FUNDAMENTALISM
"THE GOD-MAKERS"
GODMAKERS AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS - AN EDITORIAL
ERYL DAVIES
IS GOD IMMATERIAL?
THE VISIBLE GOD
EGYPTIAN INFLUENCE IN ANCIENT PALESTINE
EGYPTIAN INFLUENCE ON HEBREW THOUGHT AND LITERATURE
SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF
BEECHER ON MORMONS AND THE BIBLE
SALVATION & BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD
JESUS PREACHED IN HELL TO SAVE SOULS
THE JOHANNINE COMMA
EZEKIEL'S STICKS
BOOK OF MORMON
EVIDENCES OF THE BOOK OF MORMON
TEMPLES
JOSEPH SMITH'S OWN STORY
ELDER OAKS AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
SOME CHRISTIANS TELL LIES FOR CASH
MISCELLANY
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
THE WALL OF TRUTH & THE WALL OF SHAME
THE PERSECUTION CULTUS
INSANITY AWARDS
DAN CORNER CORNERED & PITCHFORKED!
ISAIAH 29 & THE BOOK OF MORMON
BOM CHANGES
AM I AN ANTI-MORMON?
WHY I AM A MORMON
COMPACT DISCS
THE INSANITY OF ANTI-MORMONISM
A FALSE DICHOTOMY - MORMONISM OR CHRISTIANITY - WHY MUST I CHOOSE WHEN I CAN BE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME?
A MORMON ANSWERS
DEIFICATION - THEOSIS CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
SALVATION FOR THE DEAD - A BIBLE TEACHING
THE CHRIST OF MORMONISM IS THE CHRIST OF THE HOLY BIBLE
THE BOOK OF ABRAHAM
ON THE HOLY TRINITY
BIBLE TEACHINGS THAT DO NOT SUPPORT THE TRINITY - 01
AN EXAMPLE OF ANTI-MORMON FOOLISHNESS
A CASE STUDY ~ ANTI-MORMON ATTITUDES
JP HOLDING'S BOOK, "THE MORMON DEFENDERS"
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR HIM?
THE STANDARD OF TRUTH
BLACK MUSEUM OF ANTI-MORMONISM
THE SALAMANDER LETTER
DANITES - THE MYTH
I HAD A DREAM - A CAUTIONARY TALE
CARELESS TALK - DR MICHAEL L BROWN
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY

   It is almost impossible, almost, but not completely, to trawl and find all the many accusations, sane and insane, that are hourly directed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sane charges deserve our attention, but then so do some of the insane ones. Because the weight of false charges amount to such a large body of words, the reader is asked to be gracious and accept brevity in both charge and response. that way I can cover more ground and, I pray, admit more light into the honest minds of Christian seekers after truth. Although the best outcome would be for seekers to embrace the truth and attach themselves to The Church of Jesus Christ,. However, if that does not happen, then the introduction into honest minds if the truth in each circumstance will be a blessing to them and I shall be satisfied. God bless you all. 

False Charges against the Church of Jesus Christ is framed by black boxes.

Ready Answers are framed in red boxes

FALSE CHARGE:   Mormons baptise in the name of Joseph Smith.

 READY ANSWER:   Mormons baptise in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

FALSE CHARGE:   Mormons deny the deity of Jesus Christ.

READY ANSWER:  Mormons believe unequivocally in the Deity of Jesus Christ and in his Sonship as the Only Begotten Son of God incarnate.  

FALSE CHARGE:   Mormons are a Cult.

READY ANSWER:   The English Language defines a Cult as any religious faith, denomination, or movement. That being so, the whole of Christianity is a Cult and Mormonism is part of Christianity.  

FALSE CHARGE:   Mormons worship a different Jesus than historical Christians do. 

READY ANSWER:   The God worshipped by Mormons is the God of the Holy Bible. Historical Christianity abandoned the God of the Bible and created a God for itself that is a direct contradiction requkiring Bible Bkeivers to abondon the Holy Bible and embrace the contradictory dogma of Rome made up of three gods in one which is also one god in three like the pagan triune deity of ancient Babylon.

FALSE CHARGE:   Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon. 

READY ANSWER:   Joseph Smith was incapable of writing the Book of Mormon in 1829, the year it was handed to EB Grandin Printers to be printed when Joseph was 21 and had only five (5) years formal schooling. 

 

READY ANSWER:    The Latter-day Saints' view of the Book of Mormon is that it is the word of God brought to the world by the hand of God. Other theories have been proposed and although each of these has been discredited they are still tendered as the origin of the Book of Mormon. These theories have been constructed so well that, with a single exception, they have survived.  Mormons accept the Book of Mormon as the Word of God and of equal authority with the Bible: anti-Mormons have to decide which of the conflicting theories of origin is supported by the evidence. The theories are:

1.It is the Word of God. (Divine)

2.Joseph Smith Is the sole author. (Fraud)

3.Sidney Rigdon conspired with Smith to produce it.

4.It derived from Solomon Spaulding's "Manuscript Found".

5.Smith conspired with others, notably Oliver Cowdery and Parley P. Pratt.

6.to produce the book. (Conspiracy and fraud).

7.It was the fraudulent production of a man named Walters.
 almost two hundred years every theory has crumbled in the dust of scholarship and honesty and the sole survivor is that the "Book of Mormon - Another Testimony of Jesus Christ" remains unshakeable and stands firm against all comers.  Only the Word of God can withstand the many attacks aginst it by those the deem that Almighty God has changed from the being he once was and is now unable to act, unable to speak, and has lost the power to call and commission apostles and prophets today as he always did in the past. 

  

INCORRECT HISTORY BY DAVID Christie-Murray, a scholar of theology that makes significant errors of fact.  He states:

"The Book of Mormon revealed that America was originally inhabited by Jaredites, divided between Lamanites, from which the Red Indians (ten tribes of Israel) are descended, and Nephites to whom Christ revealed himself after his resurrection."

 READY ANSWER:   David Christie-Murray's sloppy approach characterises the widespread prejudice against the Book of Mormon. However, had Christie-Murray read the Book of Mormon with scholarly attention he would have discovered that the group which divided into Lamanites and Nephites were not Jaredites but the descendants of Lehi.

The Jaredites belonged to a much earlier migration and were almost extinct when Lehi's party arrived on the American continent. The Book of Mormon makes no claim that the Native Americans are the lost tribes of Israel. Those concerned in the 600 B.C migration were descended from Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh, the Josephite half tribes representing only one of the Ten Lost Tribes. 

I wrote to Dr Murray inviting him to answer the false historical data he thinks erroneously is Mormon belief and the contents of the Book of Mormon that are clear enough to anyone capable of opening it and reading it. Not only does Christie-Murray fail to read the Book of Mormon but he lies and says he has, but my letter to him remains unanswered.

There is only one conclusion.

Murray has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar and rather than explain his scholastic defalcation he has run away to hide in his bedroom where, he hopes, his Daddy cannot find him.

Christie-Murray, you have been found out in several lies. Anaswer my letter or be known as a liar and a coward.

Institutional anti-Mormonism among the clergy of other Christian denominations and civic officers was well marked and their open hostility against Mormon Christians grew into all-out war!

READY ANSWER:   

". . . all the justices, judges, constables, and sheriffs, and military officers, headed by such western missionaries as the Reverends McCoy, Kavanaugh, Hunter, Fitzhugh, Pixley, Likens, and Lovelady, consisting of Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and all the different sects of religionists that inhabited that country, with that great moral reformer and register [registrar] of the land office at Lexington, forty miles east, known as the head and father of the Cumberland Presbyterians, even the Reverend Finis Ewing, publicly publishing that "Mormons were the common enemies of mankind, and ought to be destroyed." --Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 392. 

"Mormons were the common enemies of mankind, and ought to be destroyed."

Reverend Finis Ewing - Alleged Christian but if 'by their fruits ye shall know them,'

then murder has never been considered a Christian principle until the Anti-Mormons set to and re-wrote the Bible. so that Murder became a Christian Principle

FALSE CHARGE:   The Book of Mormon is full of anachronisms.

 Many so-called anachronisms have proved to be nothing more that efforts by the translator of the ancient documents to render them accessible to modern readers. He, therefore, will use words that are familiar and understood by the readership rather than fail to translate a word or to keep its original form that would be meaningless to us today.

One such word is 'Christ," and another is 'Messiah,' used of Jesus Christ, but referring to him in the future centuries before his birth at Bethlehem in the Land of Jerusalem [see Alma 7:10].

However, Smith's use of the terms to make the Book of Mormon text accessible to its readers should not be seen as evidence that the young Prophet did not know what he was doing. The following explains in more detail.

Anachronism - [uh-nak-ruh-niz-uh m  -  noun

1.  something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time,      especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time:

2.  The sword is an anachronism in modern warfare.

The Strange Case of Disappearing Anachronisms

  

I became  a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1950. Almost from the time I climbed out of the baptismal font of the Woodlands Street Chapel in Bradford Yorkshire, my ears and eyes were assailed by good meaning people that desired to shock me out of my newly discovered Faith. Most of their prods and pokes were in the form of anachronisms. I was, naturally, intrigued. That was more than 65 years ago and the 'anachronisms' like the ancient walls of Jericho have been falling, brick by brick, as further and better information has come to light. 

  

Many so-called anachronisms have proved to be nothing more that efforts by the translator of the ancient documents to render them accessible to modern readers. He, therefore, will use words that are familiar and understood by the readership rather than fail to translate a word or to keep its original form that would be meaningless to us today. One such word is 'Christ," and another is 'Messiah,' used of Jesus Christ, but referring to him in the future centuries before his birth at Bethlehem in the Land of Jerusalem [see Alma 7:10].

  

However, Smith's use of the terms to make the Book of Mormon text accessible to its readers should not be seen as evidence that the young Prophet did not know what he was doing. The following explain in more detail.

  

  Christ & Messiah

  

The words "Christ" and "Messiah" are used several hundred times throughout the Book of Mormon.[105] The first instance of the word "Christ" dates to between 559 and 545 BC.[106] The first instance of the word "Messiah" dates to about 600 BC.[107]

  

"Christ" is the English transliteration of the Greek word Χριστός (transliterated precisely as Christós); it is relatively synonymous with the Hebrew word rendered "Messiah" (Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, Modern Mashiaẖ, Tiberian Māšîăḥ). Both words have the meaning of "anointed," and are used in the Bible to refer to "the Anointed One".[108] In Greek translations of the Old Testament (including the Septuagint), the word "Christ" is used for the Hebrew "Messiah", and in Hebrew translations of the New Testament, the word "Messiah" is used for the Greek "Christ".[109] If you take any passage in the Bible that uses the word "Christ", you can substitute for it the word "Messiah" or "the Messiah" with no change in meaning (e.g. Matthew 1:1, 16, 18).

  

The Book of Mormon uses both terms throughout the book. In the vast majority of cases, it uses the terms in an identical manner as the Bible, where it does not matter which word is used:

  

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is (Christ/the Messiah), the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall" (Helaman 5:12).

  

"And after he had baptized (Christ/the Messiah) with water, he should behold and bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away the sins of the world." (1 Nephi 10:10).

  

The Book of Mormon occasionally uses the word "Christ" in a way that is not interchangeable with "Messiah". For example in 2 Nephi 10:3, the Book of Mormon prophet Jacob says an angel informed him that the name of the Messiah would be Christ:

  

"Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ—for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name—should come among the Jews" (2 Nephi 10:3)

  

The word "Messiah" was used frequently before this point, but from this point on the word "Christ" is used almost exclusively in the Book of Mormon.

  

Richard Packham, a 'professional' atheist who considers himself a bit of a linguist, argues that the Greek word "Christ" in the Book of Mormon challenges the authenticity of the work since Joseph Smith clearly stated that, "There was no Greek or Latin upon the plates from which I, through the grace of the Lord, translated the Book of Mormon."


He seems not to understand the purpose of translation which is rendering writings in  one language into another language. In the case of the Book of Mormon the translation was made to render the ancient text into the English spoken in America at the time, and remains accessioble to English speakers today.  There is no need to hang one's interpreative skills down in defeat when it is necessary to render an ancient word into a word in common usage. Whether in 1829 ir in 2016 most Ebnglish readersd will know what and who is meant by Messiah and by C hrist, so that objections to such translations marks the complainer as hostile to religious truth, but that is exactly the position adopted by atheists with axes to grind.

  

The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research states that the word 'Christ' is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word 'Messiah' and Smith simply chose the more familiar Greek word to translate the word that appeared in the language of the plates.[110]

  

Hugh Nibley postulated that the word "Messiah" could have been derived from Arabic rather than Hebrew,[111] although Arabic is not mentioned as one of the languages in which the golden plates were written. 

  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anachronisms_in_the_Book_of_Mormon#Steel_and_iron

  

Horses

  

Horses are mentioned fourteen times in the Book of Mormon, and are portrayed as an integral part of the cultures described.[8] There is no evidence that horses existed on the American continent during the 2500–3000 year history of the Book of Mormon (2500 BC–400 AD). Horses evolved in North America,[9] but are believed to have become extinct on the American continent at the end of the Pleistocene.[10][11] Horses did not reappear in the Americas until the Spaniards brought them from Europe.[12] They were brought to the Caribbean by Christopher Columbus in 1493,[13] and to the American continent by Cortés in 1519. See also: Quaternary extinction event

  

Apologists assert that there is fossil evidence that some New World horses may have survived the Pleistocene–Holocene transition.

  

Others believe that the word "horse" in the Book of Mormon does not refer to members of the genus Equus but instead to other animals such as deer or tapirs.

  

FARMS apologist Robert R. Bennett stated that as a comparison, the famed horses of the Huns did not leave an archaeological trace yet numbered in the thousands.[18] Research shows that archaeological remains of horses have been found at the Huns site of Boroo Gol,[19] Mankhan[20] as well as at various grave sites directly preceding the Huns. Bennett also points out the limited evidence of lions in Palestine. [Source: Op Cit] 

  

  Anachronisms are not all one-sided in sacred literature - Book of Job I

  

"For example, a degree of dependence by Job upon Iranian and Indian folklore has been detected by some scholars in reference to a righteous man's being tested by rival deities against a dualistic background. Thus the Indian story of Harisandra which appeared in many variant forms, recorded the trying of a righteous man by the consent of the divine assembly and his subsequent restoration when his integrity and perfection had been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the gods." [CF Polz, Hiob und Weisheit (1921), pp. 8f.; P Bertie,  Le Poèm de Job, (1929), p. 54.; EG Kraeling, The Book of the Ways of God, (1939), pp. 187f. See also, A Lods, Histoire de  la littérature hébraïque et juive, pp. 691f. cited in Introduction to the Old Testament, RK Harrison, Professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Eerdmans Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, MI, 1969]

  

The Samaritan Pentateuch. 

    Sometimes there are names of a later date used, and such as were most familiarly known in those days. Such are Banias for Dan, Genesis 14:14, that is, Panias, the spring of Jordan: Gennesar for Chinnereth, Numbers 34:11; Deuteronomy 3:17: not to mention Bathnan and Apamia for Bashan and Shepham, which are so near akin with the Syriac pronunciation: and Gebalah, or Gablah, for Seir, according to the Arabic idiom. [Commentary by Lightfoot, cited by JP Holding, founder of Tektonics Ministry,]

  

However, it is not churlish to point out an area where Holding was not up to date. He offers as an example of an anachronism the following:

  

An article from Biblical Archaeological Review about the recovery of the oldest "book," a 14th century BC wooden folding tablet has a relevant tidbit. Note how this "anachronism" in Homer was handled up until the discovery of this book:

  

It was George Bass who first made the connection between the Uluburun diptych and the reference to a "folding tablet" made by Homer. In Book VI, line 169 of the Iliad, we learn that Bellerophon carried a "folding tablet" containing "baneful signs" to Lycia. This is the only reference to writing in Homer and, until the Uluburun discovery, scholars regarded this reference to a "folding tablet" as an anachronism, added to the text at a late date.

  

Mr Holding would be well advised to become acquainted with the following:

  

http://www.yorkshiretales.com/allaboutmormonism/page_ezekiels_sticks.html 

  

 It would lead him to a better understanding of ancient folding writing tablets, what we today would call books.

A recent, 1993, find pushes writing back several thousand more years than was previously known. It is true to say that we do not know all there is to kow about the ancient worlds and those that believe they do have much, very much, to learn. That is why the best and most able scholars display healty levels of doubt about what they know and what they do not know.

  

The Dispilio Tablet - the oldest known written text

  

According to conventional archaeology, writing wasn’t invented until 3000 to 4000 BC in Sumeria. However, an artefact was found over a decade ago which contradicts this belief – and perhaps this is the reason why few people know about the discovery.

  

The Dispilio tablet was discovered by a professor of prehistoric archaeology, George Xourmouziadis, in 1993 in a Neolithic lake settlement in Northern Greece near the city of Kastoria. A group of people used to occupy the settlement 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. The Dispilio tablet was one of many artefacts that were found in the area, however the importance of the table lies in the fact that it has an unknown written text on it that goes back further than 5,000 BC. The wooden tablet was dated using the Carbon-12 dating method to have been made in 5260 BC, making it significantly older than the writing system used by the Sumerians.

  

The text on the tablet includes a type of engraved writing which probably consists of a form of writing that pre-existed Linear B writing used by the Mycenaean Greeks. As well as the tablet, many other ceramic pieces were found that also have the same type of writing on them. Professor Xourmouziadis has suggested that this type of writing, which has not yet been deciphered, could be any form of communication including symbols representing the counting of possessions.

  

More artefacts were discovered that show the economic and agricultural activities of the settlement, proof of animal breeding and their diet preferences as well as tools and pottery, figurines and other personal ornaments.

  

Decoding the writing is going to be difficult if not impossible, unless a new Rosetta stone is found. Unfortunately, by the moment the tablet was removed out of its original environment, contact with oxygen started the deterioration process and it is now under preservation. It is impressive to think that the wooden tablet had remained at the bottom of the lake for 7,500 years.

  

While this artefact predates the Sumerian writing system, I am sure in the future more will be found in other areas of the world that will go even further back in time, until the true history of humanity will be unravelled and completely change what we know about our history.

  

By John Black  - http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-writings-ancient-places-europe/dispilio-tablet-oldest-known-written-text-00913 

  

 Bible Scholars Puzzled - Job II 

  

"Apart from the fact that the book bears his name, and that there are isolated references elsewhere in the Bible to him [Ezek. 14:14, 20; Jas. 5:11], there is no reliable informatyion about Job himself. The name first appeared in the form 'ybm  in the Egyptian Execration Texts, ca. 2000 BC, in which certain Palestinian chieftans were listed, and once in an Armana letter as Ay(y)âb, as well as in second-millennium BC texts from Mari and Alakah [...] [I]t may well be that some ancient hero of this name passed through experiences similar to those described in the book, and subsequently became the model of the righteous sufferer." [Introduction to the Old Testament, RK Harrison, Professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Eerdmans Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, MI, 1969, p. 1027] 

  

 Bible Scholars Find No Place Called Uz.  

  

"As obscure as the meaning of the name Job was the land of Uz, where the story was set. It is nowhere described specifically, and has been place as far apart as Northern Mesopotamia and Edom. [Introduction to the Old Testament, RK Harrison, Professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Eerdmans Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, MI, 1969, p. 1027]

  

  

  

No Archaeologist has discovered Uz. Does this mean the Holy Bible is fake?

  

The Land of Uz (ארץ עוץ‎) is a location mentioned in the Old Testament, most prominently in the Book of Job, which begins, "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job."  

  

  

Scholars have not identified any actual country which corresponds to Uz. No Archeaeological evidence exists that Uz ever existed. Does that make the Holy Bible false? 

IGNATIUS LOYOLA
GOD'S TORTURER

FALSE CHARGE:   Joseph Smith Wrote the Book of Mormon.