Question: Is the phrase "it came to pass, that they gathered together" in Gilbert Hunt's ''The Late War'' a "rare phrase"?

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Question: Is the phrase "it came to pass, that they gathered together" 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 note that "chief captain" is synonymous with "king"

  • The Late War 53:4: "it came to pass, that they gathered together...chief captain"
  • Book of Mormon Alma 2:9: "it came to pass that they gathered themselves together...king."
  • Book of Mormon Alma 27:14: "it came to pass that they gathered together"

The core Book of Mormon phrase "they gathered themselves together" is not rare, since it is found multiple times in the Bible

  • Joshua 9:2: That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.
  • 2 Samuel 10:15: "they gathered themselves together"
  • 2 Chronicles 15:10: "So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem"
  • Numbers 20:2: "and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron"
  • Numbers 16:3: "And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron"

The core phrase "they gathered together" in not rare

  • Psalms 140:2: "they gathered together for war"
  • 1 Samuel 7:6: "they gathered together to Mizpeh"

The phrase "chief captain" occurs frequently in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon in the context of a "military leader," but is never synonymous with "king"

  • Alma 43:16: "chief captain over the Nephites"
  • Alma 43:44: "Zerahemnah, who was their chief captain"
  • Alma 43:17: "chief captain over the armies of the Nephites"
  • Alma 57:29: "Now Gid was the chief captain over the band"
  • Alma 61:2: "Moroni, the chief captain over the army"
  • Alma 60:36: "I am Moroni, your chief captain"
  • Genesis 26:26: "Phichol the chief captain of his army"
  • Genesis 21:22: "Phichol the chief captain of his host"
  • Acts 22:26: "he went and told the chief captain"
  • Acts 22:27: "the chief captain came"
  • Acts 22:28: "the chief captain answered"
  • Acts 24:7: "the chief captain Lysias came upon us"
  • Acts 21:32: "they saw the chief captain and the soldiers"
  • Acts 21:33: "Then the chief captain came near"
  • Acts 21:37: "he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee?"
  • Acts 23:17: "Bring this young man unto the chief captain"
  • Acts 23:19: "Then the chief captain took him by the hand"
  • Acts 23:22: "So the chief captain then let the young man depart"
  • Acts 22:24: "The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle"

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/