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Weighing and Measuring in the Worlds of the Book of Mormon

TitleWeighing and Measuring in the Worlds of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWelch, John W.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination36-45, 86
KeywordsAncient Near East; Bribery; Corruption; Economics; Economy; Money; Nephite; Weights and Measures

This article addresses the seemingly misplaced discussion of weights and measures in the middle of Alma 11 in the Book of Mormon. Although the interruption initially seems strange, John Welch offers new insights to explain its purpose in the Book of Mormon. For instance, knowledge of the Nephite monetary system supplements a reader’s comprehension of the bribery and corruption that occurred in that society. Evidence of this monetary system also shows a link between Near Eastern civilizations and Book of Mormon civilizations, thus providing further evidence for the divinity of Joseph Smith’s work.


Scripture Reference

Alma 11:1-46