“Dumb” Puns in Alma 30: A Mesoamerican Twist on Korihor’s Talionic Punishment

Title

“Dumb” Puns in Alma 30: A Mesoamerican Twist on Korihor’s Talionic Punishment

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2023

Authors

Wright, Mark Alan (Primary), and Rappleye, Neal (Primary)

Pagination

141–148

Volume

62

Issue

3

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Bibliographic Citation

Wright, Mark Alan, and Rappleye, Neal. "“Dumb” Puns in Alma 30: A Mesoamerican Twist on Korihor’s Talionic Punishment", Vol. 62. 2023:141–148.

Abstract

Evidence for the use of both puns and talionic (or reciprocal) punishment by peoples of the Book of Mormon is well attested. To complement previous research in these areas, which focused primarily on data from the ancient Near East, we argue that Mesoamerican wordplay and legal systems may also be evident in the account of Korihor recorded in Alma 30. Recognizing these connections to the text’s plausible cultural and linguistic context illuminates why Korihor receives the punishment he is given: it was no arbitrary consequence, but one tailored to his accusations in an irony-­laden narrative that would have been easily recognized by an ancient Mesoamerican audience.

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Korihor
Wordplay
Talionic Justice
Pun
Ancient America - Mesoamerica

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