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Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon

TitleApostate Religion in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsThompson, A. Keith
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsAmalekite (Nephite Apostate Group); Amlicite; Amulonite; Antichrist; Apostasy; Doctrine; Korihor; Nehor; Nephite; Orthodoxy; Sherem; Zoramite

Nephite missionaries in the first century BC had significant difficulty preaching the gospel among Nephites and Lamanites who followed Zoramite and Nehorite teaching. Both of these groups built synagogues and other places of worship suggesting that some of their beliefs originated in Israelite practice, but both denied the coming or the necessity of a Messiah. This article explores the nature of Zoramite and Nehorite beliefs, identifies how their beliefs and practices differed from orthodox Nephite teaching, and suggests that some of these religious differences are attributable to cultural and political differences that resonate in the present.