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Now If This Is Boasting, Even So Will I Boast!

TitleNow If This Is Boasting, Even So Will I Boast!
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsSpendlove, Loren Blake
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsAaron (Son of King Mosiah); Ammon (Son of King Mosiah); Etymology; Language - Hebrew; Wordplay

When the sons of Mosiah were returning from their preaching among the Lamanites, Ammon was accused by his brother Aaron of boasting. This article demonstrates how Ammon’s response to this charge employed wordplay involving the Hebrew roots ה-ל-ל (h-l-l) and ש-מ-ח (s-m-ch). Identifying and understanding Ammon’s use of wordplay helps us to appreciate the complexity and conceptual richness of his message.