Inequality and Narrative in the Book of Mormon

Title

Inequality and Narrative in the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2022

Authors

Pagination

35–75

Volume

61

Issue

1

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Schwartz, Robert F. "Inequality and Narrative in the Book of Mormon", Vol. 61. 2022:35–75.

Abstract

This study is an attempt to understand ... patterns of inequality while reconciling the Book of Mormon with our modern background. The work presented here can be seen as an extension of the author’s prior study on conflict in the Book of Mormon. That study applies tools of the modern social imaginary (in particular the methods of mathematical game theory) to make visible patterns of conflict and resolution, inequality and struggle, and hope and long-term cooperation that might not be clear without those tools. Provocatively, that analysis also suggests that inequality is in fact one of the key drivers of conflict in the histories that the Book of Mormon presents.

King Benjamin
Korihor
Nehor
Wealth
Curse
Reign of the Judges
Amlici
Monarchy
Nephi (Son of Lehi)
Laman (Son of Lehi)
Lemuel (Son of Lehi)
Lehi (Prophet)
Nephites
Skin of Blackness
Nephite Kingship
Lamanites
Inequality

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