Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, October 5

“Internal Consistency in the Book of Mormon: Nephite Knowledge about the Lamanites” by grego

“Internal Consistency in the Book of Mormon: Nephite Knowledge about the Lamanites” by grego

Here’s what we read about the Lamanites in Alma 17:4:  “And assuredly it was great, for they had undertaken to preach the word of God to a wild and a hardened and a ferocious people; a people who delighted in murdering the Nephites, and robbing and plundering them; and their hearts were set upon riches, or upon gold and silver, and precious stones; yet they sought to obtain these things by murdering and plundering, that they might not labor for them with their own hands.”

Later, here’s what we read in Alma 18:7:  “Now it was the practice of these Lamanites to stand by the waters of Sebus to scatter the flocks of the people, that thereby they might drive away many that were scattered unto their own land, it being a practice of plunder among them.”

Notice that the first comments are what the Nephites would have known about the Lamanites from their “outside” experiences. Later, through Ammon’s experiences and report of living among the Lamanites, we learn that the Nephite knowledge about the Lamanites was incomplete; while they did bad things to the Nephites to get their gold, silver, and precious stones, they also did bad things to other Lamanites to gain their flocks.


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