Episode 136

The Allegory of the Olive Tree Destroys Book of Mormon Credibility

On this episode of Mormonish Podcast, Rebecca and Landon are joined by Ganesh Cherian to discuss The Allegory of the Olive Tree found in Jacob 5 of the Book of Mormon.

This complex allegory is often pointed to as evidence that an uneducated farm boy like Joseph Smith could never have produced something so intricate as the retelling of this story. And its also often said that the existence of this allegory in the Book of Mormon proves that the book has ancient roots (no pun intended.)

Ganesh and the Mormonish team dive into the text as we deconstruct the allegory’s words and phrases themselves to unravel the mystery.

Links to Book of Mormon Central's Documentary Series: A Marvelous Work:

The Greatness of the Evidence | A Marvelous Work | Episode 1


Hebrew Evidence for The Book of Mormon | A Marvelous Work | Episode 2


Links to Ganesh's Podcasts and Tik Tok Videos:

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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!