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|Title||Warfare in the Book of Mormon|
|Year of Publication||1990|
|Series Editor||Ricks, Stephen D., and William J. Hamblin|
|Number of Pages||534|
|Publisher||Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book|
|City||Provo, UT/Salt Lake City|
|Keywords||Ancient America - Mesoamerica; Ancient Near East; Warfare|
This volume of articles is based on papers presented at the Symposium on Warfare in the Book of Mormon, held 24-25 March 1989 at Brigham Young University, under the sponsorship of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (F.A.R.M.S.). The symposium presentations, which were open to the public and frequently attended by capacity crowds, followed on the sessions of the Working Group on Warfare in the Book of Mormon held in August 1987, also at Brigham Young University. One of those who originally presented papers at the Working Group, the late Major Brent Merrill, United States Air Force, died in 1988. However, his papers have been included in this volume.
These meetings represent, so far as we are aware, the first time that an entire conference has been devoted to a discussion of the issue of warfare in the Book of Mormon. While a systematic study of this critical topic has yet to be written, we believe that this volume represents a significant step toward a better understanding of the subject.
Many individuals have been instrumental in the preparation of Warfare in the Book of Mormon. Lyle Fletcher, Adam Lamoreaux, Art Pollard, Shirley Ricks, and John W. Welch, as well as my coeditor, William J. Hamblin, have all played a vital role in the completion of this project. Thanks are due to Shauna Gibby, Patricia J. Parkinson, and Richard Tice of Deseret Book for assistance in seeing this project through to publication. I also wish to thank both the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (F.A.R.M.S.) and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University, for providing assistance and resources that facilitated the completion of this volume.
Table of Contents
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Table of Contents
- Why Study Warfare in the Book of Mormon?
- Why Is So Much of the Book of Mormon Given Over to Military Accounts?
- Purpose of the War Chapters in the Book of Mormon
- An Oath of Allegiance in the Book of Mormon
- Law and War in the Book of Mormon
- "Holy War": The Sacral Ideology of War in the Book of Mormon and in the Ancient Near East
- The Sons of Mosiah: Emissaries of Peace
- Warfare and the Book of Mormon
- The Gadianton Robbers as Guerrilla Warriors
- Notes on "Gadianton Masonry"
- Secret Combinations, Warfare, and Captive Sacrifice in Mesoamerica and the Book of Mormon
- The Impact of Shifting Cultural Assumptions on the Military Policies Directing Armed Conflict Reported in the Book of Alma
- Nephite Captains and Armies
- Book of Mormon Tribal Affiliation and Military Castes
- Swords in the Book of Mormon
- Scimitars, Cimeters! We Have Scimitars! Do We Need Another Cimeter?
- Notes on the Cimeter (Scimitar) in the Book of Mormon
- The Bow and Arrow in the Book of Mormon
- Armor in the Book of Mormon
- Fortifications in the Book of Mormon Account Compared with Mesoamerican Fortifications
- Seasonality of Warfare in the Book of Mormon and Mesoamerica
- The Importance of Warfare in Book of Mormon Studies