Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Alma 56

Back a couple of chapters when Moroni tried to negotiate a prisoner exchange that include the captured family of a soldier, I assumed these civilians had been captured from their homes.  In reading this chapter, I’m not so sure.  In Helaman’s letter to Moroni he explains that Zarahemla sent 2000 soldiers to be added to Antipus’ force, and that they brought provisions with them for the soldiers, “their wives and their children” (v. 28).  This would indicate that these Nephite families accompanied their fighting men.  What an interesting concept to have civilians so close to the battle!  In our armies, when a soldier is stationed at a particular base, his or her family can be housed on that base.  It appears the Nephites may have used a similar system.
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