Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, July 9

Book of Mormon: Korihor: Literary Devices: Irony: 1

Book of Mormon: Korihor: Literary Devices: Irony: 1

Ok, this section is for all the other things I haven’t already talked about in previous articles, like the irony often apparent as Korihor plays foil to Alma.

If I hit double return on this blog, it always turns out to be a single return, so I’m going to start using my old sign for separating sections/ stories: -=-=-=.


It’s ironic that the freedom of speech that allows Korihor to speak his belief is allowed because of Nephite social contract laws, and that the law cannot touch him–and therefore no one else is allowed to on threat of punishment, either. So he preaches against the law all the while relying on it for freedom and safety (from punishment from society or individuals) to do so and safety, trying to get others to abolish it in their lives.

Alma 30:7 Now there was no law against a man’s belief; for it was strictly contrary to the commands of God that there should be a law which should bring men on to unequal grounds.
Alma 30:8 For thus saith the scripture: Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve.
Alma 30:9 Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege; or rather, if he believed in God it was his privilege to serve him; but if he did not believe in him there was no law to punish him.
Alma 30:12 And this Anti-Christ, whose name was Korihor, (and the law could have no hold upon him) began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ. And after this manner did he preach, saying:…
Alma 30:17 And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.

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2008, July 1

Book of Mormon: Korihor (Alma 30): Summary

Book of Mormon: Korihor (Alma 30): Summary

Believe it or not, there is so much in Alma 30 (and in Alma 29) about Korihor that I’m going to have to break it all up into many posts. I’m going to also try to condense it so it won’t make up a small book. It will clearly be seen that the Book of Mormon is complicated, complex, and much more than it seems.

I start out by giving a bigger picture of what’s going on in this whole thing.
1. What isn’t going on
2. How the law got Korihor
3. Nephite social contract
4. The Law of War
5. Alma vs. Korihor–experience-wise
7. Literary devices; irony, wordplay, words and language
8. Extras!

Search “Korihor” to pull up all the articles.

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