Pergunta: O Livro de Mórmon referência ao sangue proveniente de poros de Cristo anacrônicos?
Question: Is the Book of Mormon reference to blood coming from Christ's pores anachronistic?
The Book of Mormon mentions skin pores
The Book of Mormon contains a reference to the intense agony endured by Jesus Christ as he atoned for the sins of all humanity:
And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people. (Mosiah 3:7, emphasis added.)
Since the Nephite authors would not have known about skin pores, is the reference to skin pores anachronistic?
The concept of having pores in the skin through which sweats, fluids, or gases could pass is of great antiquity
The concept of having pores in the skin through which sweats, fluids, or gases could pass is of great antiquity. Pores and the associated sweat gland apparatus were not demonstrated microscopically until 6 years after the publication of the Book of Mormon.
Latter-day Saints regard the Atonement of Christ, during which he suffered incomprehensible and unbearable agonies, as the most important event in human history. While the technical details of that experience are of minor importance, the Book of Mormon's account is consistent with ancient medical and anatomical concepts, and well-documented case reports from the modern era.
However, rather than focus on microscopy or physiology, members of the Church hope to spend far more time obeying Jesus' command to repent, which he gave in a description of the atonement as revealed to Joseph Smith:
- 15 Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.
- 16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
- 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
- 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
- 19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.
- 20 Wherefore, I command you again to repent, lest I humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit. (D&C 19:15–20.)