Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, December 31

“Book of Mormon: Ambiguity in 3 Nephi 4: ‘the Appearance of the Army'” by grego

Book of Mormon: Ambiguity in 3 Nephi 4: ‘the Appearance of the Army’

grego
(c) 2009

There is an ambiguity in 3 Nephi 4 (shown by **):
3 Nephi 4:7 And it came to pass that they did come up to battle; and it was in the sixth month; and behold, great and terrible was the day that they did come up to battle; and they were girded about after the manner of robbers; and they had a lamb-skin about their loins, and they were dyed in blood, and their heads were shorn, and they had head-plates upon them; and *great and terrible was the appearance of the armies of Giddianhi*, because of their armor, and because of their being dyed in blood.
8 And it came to pass that **the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi**, had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.
9 And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies.
10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.
11 And the battle commenced…
12 And notwithstanding the threatenings and the oaths which Giddianhi had made, behold, the Nephites did beat them, insomuch that they did fall back from before them.

Does “appearance” mean their “outward aspect”, or does it mean “showing up, coming into view”? Or… I’m seeing it meaning “showing up” to the Nephites, but as “outward aspect” to the army of Giddianhi/ the Gadianton robbers! Not just ambiguity, but ambiguity with meaning!

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