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Lesson 20-1: Legal Charges Brought against Abinadi

TitleLesson 20-1: Legal Charges Brought against Abinadi
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsAbinadi (Prophet); Law of Moses; Priests of King Noah

Though the charges proved unfounded, Abinadi was accused by Noah’s priests of violating Mosaic law. This chart lists (1) the four charges brought against Abinadi, (2) the false evidence that Noah’s priests used to accuse him, and (3) the Mosaic laws on which each accusation rested. The priests of Noah knew the law of Moses thoroughly enough to twist it and use it against Abinadi when he prophesied against Noah and of Jesus Christ. Although the first three charges all failed, they were at least nominally grounded in the law. Abinadi was finally put to death for having “reviled the king” (Mosiah 17:12), which is prohibited in Exodus 22:28. Ultimately, however, these tactics worked to the priests’ own undoing. 

Originally published in Chart 9-123 in Charting the Book of Mormon.


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