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KnoWhy #162 - Why was Ammoron Determined to Avenge the Blood of His Brother? (Alma 54:16)
|Title||KnoWhy #162 - Why was Ammoron Determined to Avenge the Blood of His Brother? (Alma 54:16)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Amalickiah; Ammoron; Apostate; Assassination; Lamanite; Nephite; Oath; Teancum (Nephite Captain); Vow; Warfare; Zoramite|
After Amalickiah’s death, his brother Ammoron did not hesitate in continuing his fallen brother’s warfare against the Nephites. In a heated letter to Moroni, the new Lamanite king vowed, “Behold, I will avenge [Amalickiah’s] blood upon you.” One motivating factor for Ammoron may be related to the Hebrew judicial concept of “blood vengeance.” In a world with no real equivalent to modern law enforcement, many ancient cultures allowed “for the nearest of kin to hunt down and carry out the death-penalty on a person that had slain a member of the sept or family.” Ammoron’s personality warns readers of the Book of Mormon to avoid allowing past grievance to consume one with hatred and malice.
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