Tools for finding the contents of Lehi's Brass Plates
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README for Brass Plates project INTRODUCTION The purpose of the Brass Plates project is to determine, as much as possible, the exact contents of the Brass Plates mentioned in the Book of Mormon. The technique for determining those contents is a combination of textual transmission and scriptural quotes within the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon provides detailed descriptions of various groups which splintered away from other groups. Sometimes they brought records with them and sometimes they didn't. Oftentimes, these groups rejoined at a later date. Based on these descriptions, we can determine approximately how religious texts were transmitted among these various groups. The Book of Mormon often appears to quote from the Bible. In some places, those quotes appear to be anachronisms. Such passages are best explained by positing a third, unknown passage which the Bible and Book of Mormon are both quoting. By correlating information about textual transmission and quotation, one should be able to triangulate the approximate origin of some quotations. A subset of those origins will provide contents of the Brass Plates. AN EXAMPLE Run "perl picture.pl" to generate graph.png This image charts textual transmission in portions of the Bible and Book of Mormon. Then look at quotes.ttl for the scriptures related to "grow up as calves of the stall". Pin point each of those verses along an edge of the transmission graph. Trace upward along those edges until you find the most recent, common ancestor. In this case, the node is labeled "Lehi leaves Jerusalem". Based on this textual ancestry, we know that the phrase "grow up as calves of the stall" originated sometime before Lehi left Jerusalem. Because of the edges we traced, we can also infer that that passage was included in the Brass Plates. COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE Copyright (C) 2009 Michael Hendricks <email@example.com> The data portions of this work are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/). The software portions are licensed under the MIT License.