Book of Mormon
Week 18: The Lamanite mission of the sons of Mosiah₂
3 March 2016
Additional reading and links
Cutting off the arms of one’s enemies (as seen in Alma 17:37–39) is an ancient practice around the world; see:
- John M. Lundquist and John W. Welch, “Ammon and Cutting Off the Arms of Enemies,” in Reexploring the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book and Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1992), 180–82.
- Bruce H. Yerman, “Ammon and the Mesoamerican Custom of Smiting Off Arms,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8, no. 1 (1999): 44–47, 78–79.
The horses are mentioned eight times in the Book of Mormon (including in Alma 18:9–12). Archaeological evidence for the presence of the horse in the pre-Columbian Americas is scant and inconclusive. The following articles explore the possibilities that horses survived to Book of Mormon times or that the Lehites called a similar animal by a familiar name:
- “KnoWhy #75: Why Are Horses Mentioned In The Book Of Mormon?,” Book of Mormon Central (11 April 2016).
- Robert R Bennett, “Horses in the Book of Mormon,” research report, Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (August 2000).
- Daniel Johnson, “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses,” BYU Studies Quarterly 54, no. 3 (2015): 149–79.
- At end of Alma chapter 22, Mormon₂ left a detailed explanation of the geographical layout of the lands where the Nephites and Lamanites lived (see Alma 22:27–34). Why did he do this? And how can understanding the internal geography of the Book of Mormon help us understand the text better? Book of Mormon Central examines this topic in KnoWhy #130.