“Into the Wilderness Which Divided the Land of Nephi from the Land of Zarahemla”

Alan C. Miner

If the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's were living in the land of Ishmael, which was in the general land of Nephi, then we might say that the narrow strip of wilderness (which divided the general land of Zarahemla from the general land of Nephi - Alma 22:27) was what Ammon and his Lamanites "came into" (Alma 27:14). This wilderness apparently reached to the borders of the land of Zarahemla (Manti). Apparently, at least part of this wilderness was also called the "south wilderness," referred to in Alma 16:7. The route of Ammon from the land of Ishmael somehow allowed them to bypass the Amalekites and stirred-up Lamanites. [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes] [See the commentary on Alma 16:7]

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