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KnoWhy #131 - Why Did Converted Lamanites Call Themselves Anti-Nephi-Lehies? (Alma 23:17)
|Title||KnoWhy #131 - Why Did Converted Lamanites Call Themselves Anti-Nephi-Lehies? (Alma 23:17)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ammon (Son of King Mosiah); Anti-Nephi-Lehi; Conversion; King Lamoni; Lamanite; Missionary Work; Nephite; People of Ammon; Politics|
Many of the Lamanites taught by Ammon and his brethren took the name Anti-Nephi-Lehies. This unusual name has perplexed readers, especially in trying to understand the presence of Anti- in the name. It would not make sense for these recent converts to declare themselves to be against Nephi and Lehi. Alternatively, if the element Anti- derives from Egyptian, the name could mean “that-which(-is-of-)Nephi-Lehi” or “the-one-who(-is-of-)Nephi-Lehi.” Political allies in ancient Near Eastern cultures often used this kind of language. The name Anti-Nephi-Lehi was likely a public statement by this group that they had allied themselves with their former enemies.
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