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KnoWhy #117 - Why is Amulek’s Household Significant? (Alma 10:7)
|Title||KnoWhy #117 - Why is Amulek’s Household Significant? (Alma 10:7)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Alma the Younger; Ammonihah (Polity); Amulek; Family; Mesoamerica|
Amulek specifically mentioning his women, children, father, and kinsfolk as being part of his household provides interesting insight into the social structure of Book of Mormon societies and peoples. Far from the nuclear families prevalent today, this added detail “suggests an interesting pattern of kin connections” known in many ancient cultures, including ancient Mesoamerica. Later in the account, Alma and Amulek were forced to witness the horrendous execution of those who believed their preaching. This included women and children, and apparently members of Amulek’s own family. By first coming to know Amulek and his family, readers are able to empathize with them when the narrative makes a tragic turn for the worst.
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