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In His Footsteps: Ammon 1 and Ammon 2

TitleIn His Footsteps: Ammon 1 and Ammon 2
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLarsen, Val
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsAmmon (Son of King Mosiah); Mosiah; Words of Mormon

Mormon is a historian with a literary sensibility and considerable literary skill. Though his core message is readily apparent to any competent reader, his history nevertheless rewards close reading. Its great scope means that much that is said must be said by implication. And its witness of Christ is sometimes expressed through subtle narrative parallels or through historical allegory. This article focuses on parallel narratives that feature Ammon1 and Ammon2, with special attention to the allegorical account of Ammon2 at the waters of Sebus. To fully comprehend the power of the testimony of Christ that Mormon communicates in his Ammon narratives, readers must glean from textual details an understanding of the social and political context in which the narratives unfold