Source:Ricks:'Holy War' in the Book of Mormon and the Ancient Near East:every conflict...was considered to be prosecuted under the divine direction of the gods or of God

Table of Contents

Stephen D. Ricks: "every conflict...was considered to be prosecuted under the divine direction of the gods or of God"

Stephen D. Ricks,

In a sense, every conflict in the ancient Near East—as reflected in Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Hittite, Persian, and Syro-Palestinian texts—was considered to be prosecuted under the divine direction of the gods or of God. War was begun at the command of, or with the approval and aid of, the gods or God. It was generally accompanied by sacrifices, fought by men who were in a state of ritual readiness for conflict, and ended by the victors with thanksgiving and offerings to deity. —(Click here to continue) [1]

Notes

  1. Stephen D. Ricks, "'Holy War' in the Book of Mormon and the Ancient Near East," Reexploring the Book of Mormon (1992)