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KnoWhy #401 - What Was the Sword of Laban Like? (1 Nephi 4:9)

TitleKnoWhy #401 - What Was the Sword of Laban Like? (1 Nephi 4:9)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2018
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAncient Near East; Apologetics; Jericho Sword; Jerusalem (Old World); Laban; Metallurgy; Steel; Sword of Laban; Weaponry

Thanks to archaeological discoveries in recent decades, we now have more information about what the sword of Laban might have looked like. A sword found in Jericho, a city near Jerusalem, where Laban was from, and dates from around 620 BC, when Laban lived. It is made out of steel, just like Laban’s sword, and is three feet long and three inches wide. Until archaeologists discovered the long steel sword in Jericho, some people laughed at the notion of a steel sword in Jerusalem in 600 BC. This reminds us that when we have questions about the Book of Mormon that we do not have good answers to right now, we should simply remember the Sword of Laban, and know that the answers will come eventually.

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Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 4:9