An Hypothesis concerning the Three Days of Darkness among the Nephites


An Hypothesis concerning the Three Days of Darkness among the Nephites

TitleAn Hypothesis concerning the Three Days of Darkness among the Nephites
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsBall, Russell H.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume2
Issue1
Pagination107-123
Keywords3 Nephi; Destruction; Geology; Natural Disaster
Abstract

Aspects of the three days of darkness following the three-hour period of intense destruction described principally in 3 Nephi are discussed, including: (1) the strange absence of rain among the destructive mechanisms described; (2) the source of the intense lightning, which seems to be unaccompanied by rain; (3) a mechanism to account for the inundation of the cities of Onihah, Mocum, and Jerusalem, which were not among the cities which “sunk in the depths of the sea”; and (4) the absence in the histories of contemporary European and Asiatic civilizations of corresponding events, which are repeatedly characterized in 3 Nephi as affecting “the face of the whole earth.”

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/2/1/S00008-50c75a34d416f8Ball.pdf