Understanding the Lamanite Mark

Title

Understanding the Lamanite Mark

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2023

Authors

Pagination

171–258

Volume

56

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Bibliographic Citation

Jones, Clifford P. "Understanding the Lamanite Mark", Vol. 56. 2023:171–258.

Abstract

The Book of Mormon describes a dark mark on the skin that distinguished people who rebelled against God and his laws from those who obeyed God. The Old Testament refers to a mark that fits this description and has nothing to do with natural skin color. The law of Moses prohibited the Lord’s covenant people from cutting sacrilegious marks (ancient tattoos) into their skin. The Bible simply calls these prohibited tattoos “marks” (Leviticus 19:28). This biblical meaning of the word mark, together with biblical meanings of other related words, helps us understand all Book of Mormon passages associated with the Lamanite mark.

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