The Backyard Professor: 004: Lehi’s DNA, Mormon Prophets, And The Science Challenging The Paradigm

The Backyard Professor takes us on a little stroll through the issues the Book of Mormon and Israelite DNA and what The LDS Prophets, Seers, and Revelators have said about Lamanite Ethnicity and DNA

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4 thoughts on “The Backyard Professor: 004: Lehi’s DNA, Mormon Prophets, And The Science Challenging The Paradigm”

  1. Loved the episode, Kerry. There is one thing about the Zelph episode that you missed, though: it’s “Onondagus,” with the accent on the long “A.” In other words, Joseph Smith just took a local “Lamanite” name that he already knew (i.e. Onondaga Lake and Onondaga County in his backyard in New York) and added a Latin masculine ending to make it sound smarter, I guess—kind of like “Alphus” or “Omegus” in D & C 95:17. He was just pulling this stuff out of his ass.

  2. Thanks, that was a really well done podcast. I had never thought of things in quite that way before, so it was worthwhile to listen to.

  3. Great podcast, Kerry. One thing I would add is that the prophet “Onondagus” mentioned in the Zelph accounts is pronounced just like “Onondaga” county and Onondaga Lake in central New York (Joseph Smith’s backyard) but with a Latin suffix added. In other words, Joseph Smith took a “Lamanite” name, and added a Latin suffix to make it sound more “learned,” kind of like he does with “Alphus” and “Omegus” in D & C 95:17. The point is Joseph was just pulling things out of a hat, as it were!

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