Antipus

Nephite commander

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Antipus

Antipus served as a general in the Nephite armies when Moroni was commander and Helaman was leading his 2,000 stripling warriors. In the year 66 BC, Helaman and his army marched to the city of Judea to assist Antipus, the leader in that part of the land. The Lamanites under their general, Ammoron, had occupied many Nephite cities and were determined also to overpower Judea. Helaman recounted the conditions affecting Antipus and his people.

Yea, and they were depressed in body as well as in spirit, for they had fought valiantly by day and toiled by night to maintain their cities; and thus they had suffered great afflictions of every kind.

And now they the Lamanites] were determined to conquer in this place or die; therefore you may well suppose that this little force which I brought with me, yea, those sons of mine, gave them great hopes and much joy.

The added forces from Helaman’s army helped Antipus deadlock the Lamanites. Meanwhile additional provisions and reinforcements arrived to strengthen the Nephite cause. To lure the Lamanites into battle, Antipus ordered Helaman and his army to march forth as if delivering supplies to a city beyond the neighboring [Antiparah, where the strongest Lamanite army was stationed. The Lamanite army immediately began pursuing Helaman’s army, while at the same time Antipus and a portion of his army besieged the Lamanites from the rear. The flight continued for three days. Eventually, Antipus overtook the Lamanites and a battle ensued. Helaman and his men retraced their steps, arriving in time to assist Antipus’s army. Antipus had fallen in battle , leaving his men in disarray. But with the arrival of Helaman and the stripling warriors, who fought “as with the strength of God” , the battle turned in favor of the Nephites and the Lamanite army was defeated.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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