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The Rise and Fall of Korihor, a Zoramite: A New Look at the Failed Mission of an Agent of Zoram
TitleThe Rise and Fall of Korihor, a Zoramite: A New Look at the Failed Mission of an Agent of Zoram
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsEllis, Godfrey J.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume48
Pagination49-94
KeywordsAlma the Younger; Antichrist; Chiasmus; Korihor; Parallelism; Zoram (Nephite Apostate); Zoramite
Abstract

The accounts of the Anti-Christ Korihor and of Alma’s mission to the Zoramites raise a variety of apparently unanswered questions. These involve Korihor’s origins, the reason for the similarity of his beliefs to those of the Zoramites, and why he switched so quickly from an atheistic attack to an agnostic plea. Another intriguing question is whether it was actually the devil himself who taught him what to say and sent him on a mission to the land of Zarahemla — or was it a surrogate of the devil or a human “devil” such as, perhaps, Zoram? Final questions are how Korihor ended up in Antionum, why the Zoramites would kill a disabled beggar, and why nobody seemed to have mourned his violent death or possibly unrighteous execution. There are several hints from the text that suggest possible answers to these intriguing questions. Some are supported by viewing the text from a parallelistic or chiastic perspective.

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