Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


1 Nephi 16, steel bow, David S. Fox, Joseph Smith


Three times in 1 Nephi 16 we are told that Nephi broke his steel bow. Never does it say that he broke any arrows. Yet when Nephi makes a new wooden bow, the text also says that he made "out of a straight stick, an arrow." (1 Ne. 16:23). Why would he need to make new arrows when he apparently still had a quiver full of old ones?