One of the most misunderstood stories in the Book of Mormon is the account of Nephi breaking his steel bow. Criticized as an anachronism by skeptics and explained away with increasingly convoluted rationalizations by laymen Later Day Saints, what should be one of the founding images of Christendom is lost in bickering and excuses.
This study guide explains, in simple terms, the significance and meaning of Nephi’s bow, and how it symbolizes the struggle of the Jews coming to the Americas. Nephi’s bow is not a historical anachronism, but solidly grounded in technologies and weapons that are known to have existed at the time. Nephi is not a clumsy superman breaking an impossible weapon, but a prophet acting out a morality play about the very journey his family is taking.