Book of Mormon

Week 23: Samuel₂ prophesies; the Gadianton war & collapse of Nephite society

Helaman 13–3 Nephi 7

9 April 2020

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  • The Book of Mormon’s internal calendar is extremely consistent, but lining it up with the external calendar is notoriously difficult. LDS scholar Randall Spackman argues that the Nephites (like the Israelites) used a lunar calendar, which has eleven fewer days than a solar calendar; this explains how to reconcile Lehi₁’s departure from Jerusalem in or after 597 ʙ.ᴄ. with Lehi₁ and Nephi₁’s prophecies that Christ would be born 600 years later (1 Nephi 10:4; 19:8; 2 Nephi 25:19; cf. 3 Nephi 1:1). Spackman, “The Jewish/Nephite Lunar Calendar,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 48–59, 71.
  • The ritual surrounding Zemnarihah’s execution (3 Nephi 4:28) has strong connections to Old Testament practices. See John W. Welch, “The Execution of Zemnarihah,” in Reexploring the Book of Mormon, ed. John W. Welch (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book and Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1992), 250–52.