"The Arabic cognate of one of the Hebrew terms for 'chariot' refers
not to any kind of wheeled vehicle, but can refer to a ship or a boat.
In most instances, the word refers to a device that can move a person or
object, but not necessarily a wheeled device. The Welsh cognate to the
English 'chariot,' signifies, among other things, a 'dray'--which
Webster's defines as 'any of several wheelless land vehicles used for
haulage,' and for which it gives as a synonym nothing less than
'travois'; 'dray' is obviously cognate with the verb 'to drag'--or a
'sledge' (which term is, itself, related to words like 'sleigh' and
'sled'--which also plainly denote wheelless vehicles)."
Next, redefine a "horse" as a "deer," thus removing the need for, well, horses:
. . . [I]f Nephite chariots were not wheeled . . ., why are chariots
mentioned in conjunction with Nephite 'horses'? First, Nephite chariots
(wheeled or not) may have been pulled by deer or tapirs (which may have
been included in the Nephite term 'horse'). Several ancient Eastern and
Near Eastern pieces of art and petroglyphs depict chariots drawn by
deer. Early Hindus had chariots pulled by deer. We find deer-pulling
chariots in Asian art. The Greek goddess Artemis supposedly rode a
chariot pulled by deer."
other words (so to speak), take the wheels off the "chariots" in order
to turn them into "sleds," then change a "horse" into a "deer"
and--behold!--you have the true order of battle as it gloriously
unfolded in the Book of Mormon: Nephites sledding around the theater of
combat operations being pulled by deer.
I do believe the apologists are reaching...just a bit. Looks a bit like this me thinks:
What would be cool is one of the cheesy paintings of a Nephite warrior going into battle on a sled pulled by a large tapir. If someone visualized it, Ash would back down.
I doubt that. He woud probably use it to prove his point, regardless of how stupid it looked. I try to wrap my head around the stuff that comes out of his mouth when he triey to justify church related issues and it can't be done. He is out there in la-la land.