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KnoWhy #162 - Why was Ammoron Determined to Avenge the Blood of His Brother? (Alma 54:16)
TitleKnoWhy #162 - Why was Ammoron Determined to Avenge the Blood of His Brother? (Alma 54:16)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAmalickiah; Ammoron; Apostate; Assassination; Lamanite; Nephite; Oath; Teancum; Vow; Warfare; Zoramite
Abstract

After Amalickiah’s death, his brother Ammoron did not hesitate in continuing his fallen brother’s warfare against the Nephites. In a heated letter to Moroni, the new Lamanite king vowed, “Behold, I will avenge [Amalickiah’s] blood upon you.” One motivating factor for Ammoron may be related to the Hebrew judicial concept of “blood vengeance.” In a world with no real equivalent to modern law enforcement, many ancient cultures allowed “for the nearest of kin to hunt down and carry out the death-penalty on a person that had slain a member of the sept or family.” Ammoron’s personality warns readers of the Book of Mormon to avoid allowing past grievance to consume one with hatred and malice.

URLhttps://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/was-was-ammoron-determined-to-avenge-the-blood-of-his-brother
Citation Key2109

Scripture Reference

Alma 54:16

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