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The Rise and Fall of Korihor, a Zoramite: A New Look at the Failed Mission of an Agent of Zoram
|Title||The Rise and Fall of Korihor, a Zoramite: A New Look at the Failed Mission of an Agent of Zoram|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||Ellis, Godfrey J.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Alma the Younger; Antichrist; Chiasmus; Korihor; Parallelism; Zoram (Nephite Apostate); Zoramite|
The accounts of the Anti-Christ Korihor and of Alma’s mission to the Zoramites raise a variety of apparently unanswered questions. These involve Korihor’s origins, the reason for the similarity of his beliefs to those of the Zoramites, and why he switched so quickly from an atheistic attack to an agnostic plea. Another intriguing question is whether it was actually the devil himself who taught him what to say and sent him on a mission to the land of Zarahemla — or was it a surrogate of the devil or a human “devil” such as, perhaps, Zoram? Final questions are how Korihor ended up in Antionum, why the Zoramites would kill a disabled beggar, and why nobody seemed to have mourned his violent death or possibly unrighteous execution. There are several hints from the text that suggest possible answers to these intriguing questions. Some are supported by viewing the text from a parallelistic or chiastic perspective.
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