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|Title||The Book of Mosiah: Thoughts about Its Structure, Purposes, Themes, and Authorship|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Authors||Sturgess, Gary L.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Alma the Younger; Amlici; Authorship; Ceremony; Government; History; Monarchy; Mosiah (Book); Purpose; Structure; Theme|
The book of Mosiah is a cultic history of the reign of Mosiah2, structured around three royal ceremonies in 124, 121, and 92-91 BC On each of these occasions, newly discovered scriptures were read to the people, stressing the dangers of monarchical government and celebrating the deliverance of the people and the revelation of Jesus Christ. This book existed independently hundreds of years before Mormon engraved it onto the gold plates. The most likely occasion for the writing of such a book was in the aftermath of Mosiah’s death when Alma the Younger needed to undermine the Amlicite bid to reestablish the monarchy.
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