Alma’s Enemies: The Case of the Lamanites, Amlicites, and Mysterious Amalekites

Title

Alma’s Enemies: The Case of the Lamanites, Amlicites, and Mysterious Amalekites

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2005

Authors

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

108-117, 130-132

Volume

14

Issue

1

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Bibliographic Citation

Conkling, J. Christopher. "Alma’s Enemies: The Case of the Lamanites, Amlicites, and Mysterious Amalekites" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 14. 2005:108-117, 130-132.

Abstract

In Alma 21 a new group of troublemakers is introduced—the Amalekites—without explanation or introduction. This article offers arguments that this is the same group called Amlicites elsewhere and that the confusion is caused by Oliver Cowdery’s inconsistency in spelling. If this theory is accurate, then Alma structured his narrative record more tightly and carefully than previously realized. The concept also challenges the simplicity of the good Nephite/bad Lamanite rubric so often used to describe the players in the book of Mormon.

Translation
Critical Text
Apostasy
Cowdery, Oliver

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