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Lesson 18-1: Comparing King Benjamin's Farewell to Great Farewell Addresses

TitleLesson 18-1: Comparing King Benjamin's Farewell to Great Farewell Addresses
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
Number18-1
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsFarewell Speech; King Benjamin's Speech
Abstract

In ancient classical and biblical farewell addresses, certain themes appear consistently. William S. Kurz has identified twenty elements commonly found in the final farewell addresses of famous men shortly before their deaths. Moses’ farewell speech contains sixteen of these elements, while the farewell speeches of the apostle Paul and Socrates include fourteen and eleven elements, respectively. Sixteen, and possibly nineteen, of these elements can be found in the carefully preserved text of Benjamin’s farewell address, making it perhaps the best example of this speech genre on record. This chart lists Kurz’s twenty elements and shows where the elements can be found in Benjamin’s farewell speech.

Originally published as Chart 7-102 in Charting the Book of Mormon.

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