“Behold, He Was a Man Like unto Ammon”: Mormon’s Use of 'mn-related Terminology in Praise of Moroni in Alma 48

Title

“Behold, He Was a Man Like unto Ammon”: Mormon’s Use of 'mn-related Terminology in Praise of Moroni in Alma 48

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2023

Authors

Pagination

223–242

Volume

58

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Bowen, Matthew L. "“Behold, He Was a Man Like unto Ammon”: Mormon’s Use of 'mn-related Terminology in Praise of Moroni in Alma 48", Vol. 58. 2023:223–242.

Abstract

This article examines Mormon’s comparison of Moroni, the Nephite military leader, to Ammon, the son of Mosiah, in Alma 48:18 and how Mormon’s use and repetition of 'mn-related terminology (“faithful,” “firm,” “faith,” “verily [surely]”) in Alma 48:7–17 lays a foundation for this comparison. Ammon’s name, phonologically and perhaps etymologically, suggests the meaning “faithful.” Mormon goes to extraordinary lengths in the Lamanite conversion narratives to show that Ammon is not only worthy of this name, but that his faithfulness is the catalyst for the transition of many Lamanites from unbelief to covenant faithfulness. Thus, in comparing Moroni directly to Ammon, Mormon makes a most emphatic statement regarding Moroni’s covenant faithfulness. Moreover, this comparison reveals his admiration for both men.

Covenant
Etymology
Captain Moroni
Mormon (Prophet)
Narrative Technique
Onomastics
Ammon (Son of King Mosiah)

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