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KnoWhy #310 - Why Did Abinadi Use A Disguise?

TitleKnoWhy #310 - Why Did Abinadi Use A Disguise?
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2017
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAbinadi (Prophet); Ancient Near East; Jesus Christ; King Noah; Martyrdom; Narrative; Nephite; Prophecy; Prophet; Symbolism; Type

The story of Abinadi and his use of a disguise is similar to several biblical stories that also deal with prophetic messengers, kings, and disguises. These stories typically depict a contest between God and an earthly king, and they conclude with the death of the king and the end of his dynasty. In Abinadi’s story, the disguise itself seems to represent the blindness of King Noah and his people. Yet when Abinadi’s face shone, like unto Moses, his disguise was symbolically unveiled and the people were left without excuse for not accepting his message.

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Scripture Reference

Mosiah 12:1