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KnoWhy #295 - Why Did Alma Ask About Having God’s Image Engraven Upon One’s Countenance? (Alma 5:19)
|Title||KnoWhy #295 - Why Did Alma Ask About Having God’s Image Engraven Upon One’s Countenance? (Alma 5:19)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ancient America; Ancient Near East; Conversion; Covenant; Festival; Image of God; Mesoamerica; Practice; Ritual|
Alma taught the people in the Zarehemla that they must receive and engrave God's image on their countenances. In doing so, he may have been drawing on concepts associated with deity impersonation in ancient America--where a ruler would wear an engraved mask of a god and thus take on their "image." Alma sought to teach was it truly means to receive the image of the true God engraven upon one's countenance through the transforming power of Christ.
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