Samuel and His Nephite Sources

TitleSamuel and His Nephite Sources
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHilton, III, John, Sunny Hendry Hafen, and Jaron Hansen
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsAlma the Younger; Amulek; Jacob (Son of Lehi); King Benjamin; Lamanite; Nephi (Son of Helaman); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Nephite; Prophecy; Prophet; Samuel the Lamanite

While many scholars have written about the preaching of Samuel the Lamanite in the Book of Mormon, to date very little has been written about the intertextuality between Samuel's words and the teachings of other prophets in the book. The authors take on this task, identifying specific words in Samuel's preaching that appears to be drawn directly from the teachings of Nephi1, Jacob, King Benjamin, Alma, Amulek, and Nephi2. They focus on two themes in Samuel's preaching: Samuel's use of Nephite prophecies to indict the Nephites of his day and his use of phrases regarding the house of Israel to refer to the Lamanites. The authors also identify certain potential questions regarding this intertextuality, such as how accurate the record of Samuel's words, delivered from the city wall, might have been and how he could have been privy to conversations between the Nephites and Nephi2, recorded in Helaman 11.