Nephi, Book of Mormon, translation, languages
Latter-day Saint scholars Hugh W. Nibley and John A. Tvedtnes have discussed at length how a staff, rod, and sword came to be commonly identified with the word of God in the ancient Near East.¹The evidence they cite from the Bible, the earliest Hebrew commentators, modern biblical scholarship, and elsewhere affirms Nephi’s unambiguous assertion that the “word of God” is a “rod.”
Bowen, Matthew L.
"“What Meaneth the Rod of Iron”?,"
Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship: Vol. 25:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/insights/vol25/iss2/3