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The Type at the Border: An Inquiry into Book of Mormon Typology
TitleThe Type at the Border: An Inquiry into Book of Mormon Typology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsClark, Robert E.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsAbinadi; Brother of Jared; Mahonri Moriancumer; Type; Typology

A certain combination of temperament and upbringing can lead to a sense of alienation from the scriptures’ meaning. This paper considers the role that types might play in overcoming that alienation as they mediate between scriptural understanding and human experience, permitting deeper insight into both. The difficulties and possibilities inherent in such an approach are considered by way of typological analysis of the figures of Abinadi and the brother of Jared.


And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.

(Alma 37:45)


Scripture Reference

Alma 37:45