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KnoWhy #310 - Why Did Abinadi Use A Disguise?
|Title||KnoWhy #310 - Why Did Abinadi Use A Disguise?|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Abinadi (Prophet); Ancient Near East; Jesus Christ; King Noah; Martyrdom; Narrative; Nephite; Prophecy; Prophet; Symbolism; Type|
The story of Abinadi and his use of a disguise is similar to several biblical stories that also deal with prophetic messengers, kings, and disguises. These stories typically depict a contest between God and an earthly king, and they conclude with the death of the king and the end of his dynasty. In Abinadi’s story, the disguise itself seems to represent the blindness of King Noah and his people. Yet when Abinadi’s face shone, like unto Moses, his disguise was symbolically unveiled and the people were left without excuse for not accepting his message.
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