Wow... those articles seem to sustain much of what I've heard and read about over the years.
I did forget to mention another legend about big barge like boats... but then anyone that's studied the Book of Mormon should know it
No, given how many times the christian community (and sometimes the Jewish antiquities body) have been taken in by deliberate deceptions, such as the famed Pomegranate from Salomon's Temple or the yet argued burial box of "James brother of Jesus
" (found in a cache of other austuaries tied to the same family... or so it would seem)... then again, the same "antiques dealer" seems to be tied to both
Even the bible... the actual book... remains in dispute from within the theological and scholarly ranks of "the Church" (Christianity as a whole), so how can any genuine validity exist, even when the tome which serves as its cornerstone, remains in debate some 1700 years (give or take a few decades here and there) after the earliest attempts of making it into a single text?
There's not one single first century document that's been accepted as "true" (whatever that means) in existence, the earliest fragments of the oldest accepted Gospel (Mark) are but copies of copies of copies some 150+ years after the fact. Even Paul's personal mail (that's become scripture) isn't original with him but rather copies of copies all of it with some grotesque errors, additions, twists & turns, etc.
This is something that really gets me a bit bent