KnoWhy #231 - How Could So Many People Have Died at the Battle of Cumorah? (Mormon 6:14)


KnoWhy #231 - How Could So Many People Have Died at the Battle of Cumorah? (Mormon 6:14)

TitleKnoWhy #231 - How Could So Many People Have Died at the Battle of Cumorah? (Mormon 6:14)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAncient America; Antionum; Battle; Cumenihah; Cumorah; Exodus 12:37; Gilgal; Hill Cumorah; Jeneum; Josh; Lamah; Lamanite; Lament; Limhah; Mesoamerica; Mormon; Mormon 6:16; Mormon 6:19; Moronihah; Moses 7:29; Moses 7:32; Nephite; Shem; Shiblom; Warfare
Abstract

In the final battle at the Hill Cumorah, the Lamanites killed roughly 230,000 Nephites. This number may, at first, seem impossibly large. However, this could be explained in a few ways: 1. Ancient texts often exaggerate numbers. 2. “Ten thousand” might represent a military unit and not an exact number of soldiers. 3. These figures might be accurate. It is even possible that most of the Nephite population, men, women and children, fought in this battle and were killed. Accepting that there are sometimes different possible explanations to the same question, as in this case, can be helpful to readers of the Book of Mormon today.

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