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Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Article Title

Pondering the Word

Keywords

Ancient Near East, Arabia, Lehi's Journey, Book of Mormon, Isaiah

Abstract

Ammon, a Nephite missionary who chose to serve a Lamanite king as his servant, gained fame by cutting off the arms of the king’s enemies. The practice of smiting off arms of enemies as trophies fits a cultural pattern known among the later Aztecs and Maya in pre-Spanish Mesoamerica.

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