Alma’s Use of State in the Book of Mormon

TitleAlma’s Use of State in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsAllred, Philip A.
EditorWelch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne
Book TitlePressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s
PublisherFoundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies
CityProvo, UT
KeywordsAlma 40:12; Alma 41; Alma the Younger; Authorship; Corianton; Doctrine; Postmortal Life; Resurrection; State

Joseph Smith claimed the Book of Mormon was a product of multiple ancient authors. Recent studies of the words and phrases used by the book's various writers have provided evidence of this claim. The following notes on how the word state is employed in the Book of Mormon suggest that Alma the Younger can be singled out as a distinct author within the record.