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KnoWhy topical index — A and B — Book of Mormon Central


Book of Mormon Central, a wonderful resource for all types of Book of Mormon information, has a series of articles dealing with various topics in the Book of Mormon.  They are referred to as ‘KnoWhy’ articles.  These articles can be referenced at ‘bookofmormoncentral.org‘.  Following is a topical index of articles starting with the letters A and B.

Index One – topical index  – A and B                                                                                                               Click here to return to the Scriptures index page

  • Abinadi:  Why would Noah’s priests quiz Abinadi on the teachings of Isaiah?  #89, April 28, 2016
  • Abinadi:  Did Abinadi prophesy during Pentecost?  #90, May 2, 2016
  • Abinadi:  Why does Abinadi talk of the ‘suffering’ Messiah?  #91, May 3, 2016
  • Abinadi:  Why does Abinadi use the phrase ‘bands of death’? — #93, May 5, 2016
  • Abinadi:  Why did Abinadi stretch forth his hand as he prophesied? — #94, May 6, 2016
  • Abinadi:  Why was Abinadi scourged with faggots? — #96, May 9, 2016
  • Abinadi:   Why did Alma add “chains of hell” to Abinadi’s phrase “bands of death”?  — #111, May 31, 2016
  • Abinadi:  Why did Abinadi warn the people of an east wind? —  #560, May 5, 2020
  • Abinadi:  How was Abinadi a prophet ‘like unto Moses’?  #731, May 14, 2024
  • Abraham:  Why did Abraham and Sarah receive new names and tokens? — #630, February 22, 2022
  • Adam, Fall of:  What are the origins of Lehi’s understanding of the Fall of Adam? — #28, February 8, 2016
  • Administrative handbook:  Was the Book of Mormon used as the first Church Administrative Handbook? — #72, April 6, 2016
  • Allegory of the olive tree:  Why did Jacob share the allegory of the olive tree? — #66, March 30, 2016
  • Allegory of the olive tree:  What are the roots of Zenos’s allegory of the olive tree in the ancient world?  #70, April 3, 2016
  • Alma:  Why did the Angel speak to Alma with a voice of thunder? — #105, May 23, 2016
  • Alma:   Why did Alma add “chains of hell” to Abinadi’s phrase “bands of death”?  — #111, May 31, 2016
  • Alma:  Why did Alma ask church members 50 probing questions? — #112, June 1, 2016
  • Alma:  Why did Alma need to “establish the order of the church” in Zarahemla again? — #113, June 2, 2016
  • Alma:  Why did Alma face such great political challenges as Chief Judge?  — #563, May 26, 2020
  • Alma:  Why did an angel send Alma back to Ammonihah? — #565, June 6, 2020
  • Alma:  Why did Alma respond the way he did to the ‘Order of Nehor’ in Ammonihah? — #566, June 16, 2020
  • Alma the Younger:  Why is Alma the Younger’s unique voice important?  — #735, June 11, 2024
  • Amaleki:  Who was Amaleki? — #727, April 16, 2024
  • Amalekites:  Why did the Amlicites disappear? — #109, May 27, 2016
  • American temples, ancient:  How are ancient American temples similar to the temple of Solomon? — #716, February 9, 2024
  • Amlicites:  Why did the Amlicites disappear? — #109, May 27, 2016
  • Ammonihah:  Why did an angel send Alma back to Ammonihah? — #565, June 6, 2020
  • Ammonihah:  Why did Alma respond the way he did to the ‘Order of Nehor’ in Ammonihah? — #566, June 16, 2020
  • Ammonites:  Why did the Ammonites covenant not to take up arms? — #567, June 30, 2020
  • Ancient American temples:  How are ancient American temples similar to the temple of Solomon? — #716, February 9, 2024
  • Angel, an:  Why did the Angel speak to Alma with a voice of thunder? — #105, May 23, 2016
  • Angel, an:  Why did an angel send Alma back to Ammonihah? — #565, June 6, 2020
  • Angel in Heaven:  Who was the Angel in Heaven with the everlasting gospel that John saw? — #703, December 12, 2023
  • Angels:  What is it to speak with the tongue of angels? — #60, March 23, 2016
  • Anthon, Charles:  Why did Martin Harris consult with scholars like Charles Anthon?  — #514, May 7, 2019
  • Anthon transcript:  What do we know about the Anthon transcript?  — #515, May 9, 2019
  • Apocalypse:  Why can Nephi’s vision be called an Apocalypse? —  #471, September 27, 2018
  • Apocrypha:  Why study ancient apocryphal literature? — #613, August 10, 2021
  • Apostasy:  What does the Parable of the Wheat and Tares teach about apostasy? — #660, February 28, 2023
  • Apostles:  What might Jesus have taught his apostles for forty days? — #678, July 3, 2023
  • Apostle’s witness, an: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland bears witness of the truth of the Book of Mormon — #2, January 2, 2016
  • Apply your heart to understanding:  What does it mean to ‘apply your heart to understanding’? — #644, August 30, 2022
  • Arise from the dust:  Why did Lehi tell his sons to “arise from the dust”? — #715, February 2, 2024
  • Ark and Noah:  Why is the story of Noah and the ark so repetitive? — #629, February 1, 2022
  • Arms:  Why did the Ammonites covenant not to take up arms? — #567, June 30, 2020
  • Arms:  Why did ancient Israelites raise their arms in praise? — #638, July 19, 2022
  • Articles of Faith:  How often do the Articles of Faith track the sayings of the Apostle Paul? — #693, October 10, 2023
  • Artifact, ancient:  Has an ancient artifact relating to the Book of Mormon been found? — #103, May 18, 2016
  • Artifacts, fraudulent:  Why should Latter-day Saints beware of fraudulent artifacts?  — #493, December 13, 2018
  • Ask:  Why does God give liberally to those who ask? — #699, November 14, 2023
  • Assyrian Empire:  Why is the Great and Abominable Church described like the Assyrian Empire? — #711, January 23, 2024
  • Atonement of Jesus:  How does Paul use chiasmus to teach about Jesus’ Atonement? — #688, September 12, 2023
  • Atonement, Day of:  How is the day of Atonement understood in the Book of Mormon? — #479, October 25, 2018
  • Authority, priesthood:  Why does the book of Mosiah talk so much about priesthood authority? — #101, May 17, 2016
  • Author of the Book of Mormon:  Was Joseph Smith the ‘author’ of the Book of Mormon? — #507, March 22, 2019
  • Authors:  Why do the authors on the Small Plates follow a pattern? —  #74, April 8, 2016
  • Authorship of the Book of Mormon:  Did Lucy Mack Smith believe that Joseph Smith could have written the Book of Mormon? — #555, March 31, 2020
  • Bands of death:  Why does Abinadi use the phrase ‘bands of death’? — #93, May 5, 2016
  • Bands of death:   Why did Alma add “chains of hell” to Abinadi’s phrase “bands of death”?  — #111, May 31, 2016
  • Bankruptcy:  Why did Joseph Smith file for bankruptcy? — #623, November 4, 2021
  • Baptism:  What is the purpose of baptism in the Book of Mormon? — #59, March 22, 2016
  • Baptism:  What do we covenant to do at baptism? — #97, May 11, 2016
  • Baptism for the dead:  Why are people baptized for the dead? — #687, September 5, 2023
  • Baptism of Jesus:  Why was Jesus proclaimed as Son of God at this baptism? — #655, January 24, 2023
  • Barley:  How can barley in the Book of Mormon feed faith? — #87, April 27, 2016
  • Benjamin, king:  Did king Benjamin or king Mosiah have the gift of translation? — #99, May 13, 2016
  • Benjamin, king:  How did later prophets utilize the teachings of king Benjamin? — #728, April 23, 2024
  • Benjamin, king:  Why does King Benjamin deny being more than a man?  #729, April 30, 2024
  • Bible:  Why did Joseph Smith produce a new translation of the Bible? — #628, January 18, 2022
  • Birth of Jesus:  Why do we have multiple accounts of Jesus’ birth? — #654, January 10, 2023
  • Blackness, skin of:  What is the ‘skin of blackness’ mentioned in the Book of Mormon? — #718, February 14, 2024
  • Bleed:  Did Jesus really bleed from every pore? — #520, June 13, 2019
  • Boggs, Lilburn:  Did Joseph Smith attempt to assassinate Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs? — #632, May 31, 2022
  • Book of Mormon:  Why do Church leaders frequently testify of the Book of Mormon? — #68, April 1, 2016
  • Book of Mormon:  Is the Book of Mormon like any other 19th Century book? — #502, February 16, 2019
  • Book of Mormon abridgement:  Why is the Book of Mormon called an ‘abridgement’? — #519, June 6, 2019
  • Book of Mormon, administrative handbook?:  Was the Book of Mormon used as the first Church Administrative Handbook? — #72, April 6, 2016
  • Book of Mormon artifact:  Has an ancient artifact relating to the Book of Mormon been found? — #103, May 18, 2016
  • Book of Mormon, apple of the eye:  Why did William E. McLellin call the Book of Mormon ‘the apple of my eye’?  — #611, July 1, 2021
  • Book of Mormon authorship:  Did Lucy Mack Smith believe that Joseph Smith could have written the Book of Mormon? — #555, March 31, 2020
  • Book of Mormon, chariots:  What is the nature and use of chariots in the Book of Mormon? — #126, June 21, 2016
  • Book of Mormon, classic:  Why is the Book of Mormon a ‘classic’? — #63, March 26, 2016
  • Book of Mormon copyright:  Why did Joseph Smith attempt to secure the Book of Mormon copyright in Canada? —  #556, April 7, 2020
  • Book of Mormon defended:   Why did Rebecca Swain Williams defend the Book of Mormon? — #612, July 27, 2021
  • Book of Mormon, dragons:  Why does the Book of Mormon mention ‘dragons’? — #732, May 21, 2024
  • Book of Mormon, familiar spirit:  How are the words of the Book of Mormon like “…one that hath a familiar spirit…”? — #491, December 6, 2018
  • Book of Mormon grammar:  Does the Book of Mormon really have “bad” grammar?  — #490, December 4, 2018
  • Book of Mormon, Hebraisms:  Why are there Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon? — #661, March 7, 2023
  • Book of Mormon, horses:  Why are horses mentioned in the Book of Mormon? — #75, April 11, 2016
  • Book of Mormon, Hyrum Smith:  Why was Hyrum Smith faithful to his witness of the Book of Mormon: — #614, August 24, 2021
  • Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon:  Why is the Book of Mormon so focused on Jesus? — #484,  November 13, 2018
  • Book of Mormon, John Whitmer:  Why did John Whitmer continue to testify of the Book of Mormon? — #602, April 27, 2021
  • Book of Mormon, Law:  Why does the Book of Mormon use so many different terms for ‘law’? — #568, July 7, 2020
  • Book of Mormon, Peter Whitmer:  Why was Peter Whitmer, Jr. chosen to witness the Gold Plates?  — #600, March 30, 2021
  • Book of Mormon, polygamy:  What does the Book of Mormon say about polygamy? — #64, March 28, 2016
  • Book of Mormon prophets:  Why did Book of Mormon prophets speak of future events as if they had already happened? — #95, May 8, 2016
  • Book of Mormon, Psalms of Lament:  Why do Biblical Psalms of Lament show up in the Book of Mormon? — #438, May 31, 2018
  • Book of Mormon, redemption:  How do the Book of Mormon and Old Testament help us understand what it means to be redeemed?  #436, May 24, 2018
  • Book of Mormon, resurrection of Jesus:  How is the coming forth of the Book of Mormon similar to the resurrection of Jesus Christ?  #724, March 26, 2024
  • Book of Mormon, sealed book:  Why would a book be ‘sealed’? — #53, March 14, 2016
  • Book of Mormon, Sidney RIgdon:  What converted Sidney Rigdon to the Book of Mormon? — #601, April 13, 2021
  • Book of Mormon studies and scholarship:  What role should scholarship play in studying the Book of Mormon? — #487, November 22, 2018
  • Book of Mormon, testament:  Why is the Book of Mormon “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”?  — #494, December 18, 2018
  • Book of Mormon text:  How does the Book of Mormon text reflect a 7th-century B.C. Israelite writing style? — #635, June 28, 2022
  • Book of Mormon, Title Page:  How does the Book of Mormon fulfill the purposes declared on the Title Page? — #706, December 28, 2023
  • Book of Mormon translation:  The miraculous translation of the Book of Mormon into the Japanese language — #524, July 12, 2019
  • Book of Mormon, trinitarian statements:  Why does the Book of Mormon contain trinitarian-sounding statements? — #723, March 19, 2024
  • Book of Mormon, Ukrainian language:  The miraculous translation of the Book of Mormon into the Ukranian language — #483, November 8, 2018
  • Book of Mormon warfare:  What was one of the main causes of warfare in the Book of Mormon? — #523, July 5, 2019
  • Book of Mormon witnesses:  Did the Book of Mormon witnesses really see what they claimed to see? — #521, June 20, 2019
  • Born again:  What does it mean to be ‘born again’? — #501, February 7, 2019
  • Bow:  Why did Nephi’s fine steel bow break? — #548, January 31, 2020
  • Brazen serpent:  Why does Jesus compare himself to a brazen serpent? — #657, February 6, 2023
  • Brazen serpent: How did Nephi liken looking to Christ with looking to the brazen serpent? — #721, March 4, 2024
  • Broken heart:  Was the requirement of a ‘broken heart’ known before the time of Christ? — #27, February 5, 2016
  • Brother of Jared:  How were Jonah and the brother of Jared able to find comfort? — #526, July 26, 2019
  • Building, Great and Spacious:  What is the significance of the great and spacious building? —  #546, January 17, 2020
  • Burdens:  How does the Lord make our burdens light? — #102, May 18, 2016

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