“In the Thirty and Fourth Year in the First Month on the Fourth Day of the Month”

Alan C. Miner

According to Hunter and Ferguson, the Mesoamerican historian Ixtlilxochitl correlated the ancient Mexican calendar with New Testament history, having learned the latter from the Catholic missionaries and soldiers in Mexico. The correlations and parallels between his account and The Book of Mormon on the events which occurred on the fourth day of the month in A.D. 34, when Christ our Lord suffered," are very striking, to say the least. Ixtlilxochitl double checks his date, stating it was 166 years since the calendar was corrected and adjusted at the great council meeting. That meeting was held in 132 B.C., as has been shown. Thus 166 years after 132 B.C. is the year A.D. 34. His other check, "270 years since the Ancient Ones had been destroyed," also conforms. Ixtlilxochitl's Chronology indicates that the descendants of the settlers from the Great Tower met their fourth and final calamity in 236 B.C., and 270 years thereafter falls at A.D. 34. [Milton R. Hunter and Thomas S. Ferguson, Ancient America and The Book of Mormon, p. 298]

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