Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, October 17

Book of Mormon: Zeezrom’s Penance, by grego

Book of Mormon: Zeezrom’s Penance
by grego

Speculation here, but fun and interesting, so let’s go anyway…

In Alma , Zeezrom tries to trap Amulek:
Alma 11:22 And Amulek said … And Zeezrom said unto him: Behold, here are six onties of silver, and all these will I give thee if thou wilt deny the existence of a Supreme Being.
Alma 11:23 Now Amulek said: O thou child of hell, why tempt ye me? Knowest thou that the righteous yieldeth to no such temptations?
Alma 11:24 Believest thou that there is no God? I say unto you, Nay, thou knowest that there is a God, but thou lovest that lucre more than him.
Alma 11:25 And now thou hast lied before God unto me. Thou saidst unto me–Behold these six onties, which are of great worth, I will give unto thee–when thou hadst it in thy heart to retain them from me; and it was only thy desire that I should deny the true and living God, that thou mightest have cause to destroy me. And now behold, for this great evil thou shalt have thy reward.

As I mentioned in a past article (
“Amulek tells Zeezrom, you know there is a God, but you love “THAT filthy lucre” more than God–in other words, you love those six onties of silver you’re holding in your hand–which, by the way, you earned dishonestly–more than you love God.”

A judge’s pay (a lawyer’s pay?) was 1/7 of an onti (Alma 11:3, etc.); that puts the amount he held at 42 days of wages.

In other words, according to Amulek, Zeezrom loved 42 days of wages more than he loved God, whom he knew existed.

We have two dates in the Ammonihah story that are relevant, and two other time periods:
7/4/10 (Alma 10:6) — Amulek meets Alma;
“many days” (Alma 8:27);
Alma and Amulek preach, are thrown in prison (Alma 14) –>
“many days” (Alma 14:22-23);
10/12/10 Alma and Amulek come out of prison and go to Sidon (Alma 14:23, etc.)

I surmise that Zeezrom was kicked out of Ammonihah soon after Alma and Amulek preached (in other words, not much time between their preaching and their trial), and that from that point on, he was seriously troubled and in ill health due to penance; and also stopped working. (See Alma 14:6-7, 15:3, 5.)

It seems, looking at the time, that Zeezrom actually had the chance to prove to everyone–especially God–that he now, in fact, did NOT love that six onties of silver/ 42 days of work more than God; then he was healed and immediately up and at it (Alma 15:11, etc.).

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