King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6

Title

King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6

Book Title

Rediscovering the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

19

Year of Publication

1991

Authors

Editors

Sorenson, John L. (Secondary), and Thorne, Melvin J. (Secondary)

Pagination

209-219

Publisher

FARMS

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Ricks, Stephen D. "King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6" In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, Edited by Sorenson, John L., and Thorne, Melvin J. 209-219. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1991.

Abstract

The first six chapters of Mosiah are remarkable in several ways. They contain King Benjamin’s farewell address, one of the most memorable sermons we have on record. They also give us a picture of how Mosiah succeeded his father, Benjamin, to the Nephite throne. Many features of the ceremony that was involved reflect the traditions of ancient Israelite culture. First is the significance of the office of king. Second is the coronation ceremony for the new king. The details of this ceremony have parallels in Israel and other ancient Near Eastern societies and even in other parts of the world. Finally, the order of events reported in these chapters reflects the “treaty-covenant” pattern well known in ancient Israel and the ancient Near East. My discussion of these three sets of features will show how faithfully the Book of Mormon reflects these Old World practices and beliefs.
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Table of Contents

Book

Rediscovering the Book of Mormon: Insights That You May Have Missed Before
Sorenson, John L.

23 Chapters

Nephi's Use of Lehi's Record
Brown, S. Kent | pp. 3-14
Mormon as Editor
Hardy, Grant R. | pp. 15-28
Mormon's Editorial Promises
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 29-31
Colophons in the Book of Mormon
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 32-37
Nephi and the Exodus
Terry L. Szink | pp. 38-51
Jacob and His Descendants as Authors
Tanner, John S. | pp. 52-66
The Stealing of the Daughters of the Lamanites
Goff, Alan | pp. 67-74
The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 77-91
Mourning, Consolation, and Repentance at Nahom
Goff, Alan | pp. 92-99
Poetry in the Book of Mormon
Rust, Richard Dilworth | pp. 100-113
A Masterpiece: Alma 36
Welch, John W. | pp. 114-131
Book of Mormon Imagery
Rust, Richard Dilworth | pp. 132-139
The Image of the Hand of God in the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
Seely, David Rolph | pp. 140-150
"Means unto Repentance": Unique Book of Mormon Insights into Christ's At-one-ment
England, Eugene | pp. 153-167
The Ways of Remembrance
Midgley, Louis C. | pp. 168-176
Jesus' Covenant Teachings in Third Nephi
Ludlow, Victor L. | pp. 177-185
The Gathering of Israel in the Book of Mormon: A Consistent Pattern
Millet, Robert L. | pp. 186-196
Isaiah-Key to the Book of Mormon
Gileadi, Avraham | pp. 197-206
King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6
Ricks, Stephen D. | pp. 209-219
Nephi's Political Testament
Reynolds, Noel B. | pp. 220-229
The Covenant Tradition in the Book of Mormon
Ostler, Blake T. | pp. 230-240
Warfare in the Book of Mormon
Hamblin, William J. | pp. 241-248
Seasons of War, Seasons of Peace in the Book of Mormon
Sorenson, John L. | pp. 249-255
Covenant
Kingship
King Benjamin

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