Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, August 31

“Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 7:16—“Wild Beasts” in the Arabian Desert??” by grego

Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 7:16—“Wild Beasts” in the Arabian Desert??

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1 Nephi 7:16 says: “And it came to pass that when I, Nephi, had spoken these words unto my brethren, they were angry with me. And it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me, for behold, they were exceedingly wroth, and they did bind me with cords, for they sought to take away my life, that they might *leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts*.”

Ok, when I usually picture Arabian deserts, I think of… nothing. It’s much more likely that an 1825 American would write “leave me in the wilderness to die of thirst/ heat/ hunger/ robbers/ bitten by snakes”. Perhaps even “vultures”. But “to be devoured by wild beasts”? What wild beasts??

Actually, there are. There are jackals, hyenas, perhaps lions at the time, and leopards. I imagine they would have found Nephi before his time was up. Who woulda thunk?

Could Joseph Smith have known this at the time? Would Joseph Smith have known this at the time?

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