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|Title||Mosiah: The Complex Symbolism and Symbolic Complex of Kingship in the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1993|
|Authors||Thomasson, Gordon C.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Dialectic; Govenment; Kingship; Mosiah (Book); Mosiah (Nephite); Religious Freedom; Scripture; Symbolism|
The significance of major scriptural personalities is discussed, contrasting the lessons we can learn from the positive and negative experiences of such individuals with the role models set for us in Christ and little children. Internal textual sources are examined with relation to the composition of the book of Mosiah within the context of a particular literary tradition and style. An argument is advanced that the text employs a “dialectical” style or stylistic device, based on the “law of opposition in all things,” which juxtaposes individuals, such as righteous and wicked kings, to illuminate gospel principles. The place of royal treasures, symbolism, and iconography (including objects such as the Liahona and the sword of Laban) are explored from several Old World and Book of Mormon perspectives. Views of ideas such as religious freedom, taxation, and agency and responsibility are contrasted, and duties of parents and kings are compared.
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