Warfare in the Book of Mormon

Forthcoming

Stephen D. Ricks

“People may well ask: Why study warfare in the Book of Mormon? There are so many answers, among which are these: to understand better the events in the Book of Mormon, to develop a perspective against which to understand its teachings and messages, to enjoy the interesting lives of a remarkable people, and to aid in assaying the historicity of the book, ” writes John W. Welch at the beginning of Warfare in the Book of Mormon.

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About the Editor

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He served as president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and as chairman of the board, as the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and as Associate Dean of General Education and Honors at Brigham Young University.

About the Author

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He served as president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and as chairman of the board, as the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and as Associate Dean of General Education and Honors at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Why Study Warfare in the Book of Mormon?
  • Why Is So Much of the Book of Mormon Given Over to Military Accounts?
  • Purpose of the War Chapters in the Book of Mormon
  • An Oath of Allegiance in the Book of Mormon
  • Law and War in the Book of Mormon
  • "Holy War": The Sacral Ideology of War in the Book of Mormon and in the Ancient Near East - The Basic Pattern
  • The Sons of Mosiah: Emissaries of Peace
  • Warfare and the Book of Mormon
  • The Gadianton Robbers as Guerrilla Warriors
  • Notes on "Gadianton Masonry"
  • Secret Combinations, Warfare, and Captive Sacrifice in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon
  • The Impact of Shifting Cultural Assumptions on the Military Policies Directing Armed Conflict Reported in the Book of Alma
  • Nephite Captains and Armies
  • Book of Mormon Tribal Affiliation and Military Castes
  • Swords in the Book of Mormon
  • Scimitars, Cimeters! We Have Scimitars! Do We Need Another Cimeter?
  • Notes on the Cimeter (Scimitar) in the Book of Mormon
  • The Bow and Arrow in the Book of Mormon
  • Armor in the Book of Mormon
  • Fortifications in the Book of Mormon Account Compared with Mesoamerican Fortifications
  • Seasonality of Warfare in the Book of Mormon and in Mesoamerica
  • The Importance of Warfare in Book of Mormon Studies
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Year: 1990
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875793009
  • Page Count: 544
  • Price: $ 19.95
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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