Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon

Title

Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2017

Authors

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

191-226

Volume

25

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Thompson, A. Keith. "Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 25. 2017:191-226.

Abstract

Nephite missionaries in the first century BC had significant difficulty preaching the gospel among Nephites and Lamanites who followed Zoramite and Nehorite teaching. Both of these groups built synagogues and other places of worship suggesting that some of their beliefs originated in Israelite practice, but both denied the coming or the necessity of a Messiah. This article explores the nature of Zoramite and Nehorite beliefs, identifies how their beliefs and practices differed from orthodox Nephite teaching, and suggests that some of these religious differences are attributable to cultural and political differences that resonate in the present.

Apostasy
Korihor
Nehor
Doctrine
Sherem

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