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



Ammon arms, Nephite daily prayers, Lehi's council vision, mysteries of God, stylometry research progresses


In October 1983, the F.A.R.M.S. Newsletter reported the way in which the gates of Shalmaneser Ill (858-824 B.C.), pictured in Yigael Yadin's The Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands 2:399, attests to the practice of cutting off the arms, hands, feet, or other body parts of vanquished enemies. This ancient military practice seems related to Alma 17:39, where Ammon cuts off the arms of those thieves who tried to steal the king's livestock and the shepherds take the arms to the king as a testimony of what has been done. In a recent conversation, John Lundquist, at the New York Public Library, has explored several of the reasons why this was a widespread and frequently attested phenomenon in the ancient world, ranging throughout the Near East and Egypt.