I recently made the acquaintance of Morgan Deane, who runs a blog called Warfare and the Book of Mormon. Morgan is a scholar in Military History, and has used some of his expertise in analyzing some passages in the Book of Mormon as related to warfare. Here’s what he says about himself on his website.
I have completed my course work for a Masters in Military History from Norwich University and I am looking for employment as a Professor of History. I have presented papers on Napoleonic warfare and published papers about Asian and Book of Mormon Warfare. My research interests include the above topics, the American Civil War, the application of military theory, ancient warfare, and medieval warfare.
Morgan recently sent a scholarly paper to the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, but it was not accepted. Well their loss is our gain! Morgan asked if I might be willing to talk about it, so you can download it here! (It’s 11 pages.) I always love to read interesting perspectives, and Morgan has an interesting perspective on Alma 56:28.
And also there were sent two thousand men unto us from the land of Zarahemla. And thus we were prepared with ten thousand men, and provisions for them, and also for their wives and their children.
Morgan states, “it seems strange that soldiers would travel with their families into a war zone, and begs the question of why Helaman included that detail in his letter.” I won’t spoil the answer for you–you need to download the paper to find out why. So, after reading the paper, what do you think of Morgan’s analysis? Personally, I found it fascinating, and I also want to highly recommend his blog. It is evident that he really puts a lot of thought into his work. I expect Morgan will drop by, so if you can give some input here, I’m sure it will be well appreciated.