Question: Is the phrase "about twenty and four" in Gilbert Hunt's ''The Late War'' a "rare phrase"?

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Question: Is the phrase "about twenty and four" in Gilbert Hunt's The Late War a "rare phrase"?

The critics note that "These phrases are rare—meaning that they are not found in other contemporary books of Joseph's time, and that they are not found in the King James Version of the bible" [1]

Chris Johnson, Duane Johnson, ""A Comparison of The Book of Mormon and The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain," http://wordtreefoundation.github.io/thelatewar/

In order to make this a "rare phrase," the critics must only look at the word "about" used with the number "twenty and four"

  • The Late War 19:11: "about twenty and four furlongs"
  • Book of Mormon, Mormon 1:3: "Therefore, when ye are about twenty and four years old"

This method of writing numbers is common in the Bible

  • Nehemiah 9:1: "Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month"
  • 2 Kings 14:2: "He was twenty and five years old"
  • Nehemiah 11:14: "an hundred twenty and eight"
  • 2 Chronicles 25:1: "Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years"
  • John 6:19: "about five and twenty or thirty furlongs"
  • Ezekiel 8:16: "about five and twenty men"
  • Joshua 15:32: "all the cities are twenty and nine"
  • Judges 10:2: "And he judged Israel twenty and three years"
  • 2 Chronicles 13:21: "Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons"
  • Mark 6:7: "by two and two"
  • 2 Chronicles 33:21: "Amon was two and twenty years old"
  • 1 Kings 14:20: "were two and twenty years"
  • 2 Kings 10:14: "even two and forty men"


Notes

  1. Chris Johnson, Duane Johnson, ""A Comparison of The Book of Mormon and The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain," http://wordtreefoundation.github.io/thelatewar/