Reading Notes

Engaging Gospel Doctrine (Episode 2)

Lesson 25: Alma 17-22

Chapter 17

  • 2: which scriptures?
  • 3: look at models of authority in the Book of Mormon
  • “altar of God”, only Ps. 43:4 and here
  • 6: we easily forget the significance of their past (Mos. 29:8-9)
  • 7: history of weapons? Look at Biblical parallels
  • Note literary complexity of these chapters
  • 10: theodicy: The comforting God (weeping God of Moses 7)
  • 14-16: Mormon and his lessons
  • 23: understated humor
  • 25: a dangerous refusal
  • 26: What’s up with “Lamantitish”? (only 2x, chaps 17, 19)
  • 26: *all* the Lamanites watered their flocks in one area? (or Mormon is overgeneralizing?)
  • 29: sees benefit of hardship, but motivations?
  • 33: Note Ammon’s disproportionate role
  • Repetition “not a few”
  • 36: repetition of “astonished”
  • What animals could these have been? Of course in both Hebrew and Greek there are words for “small grazing animals”

 

Chapter 18

  • 2: Great Spirit: High God, Native American, but also widespread
  • 5: No taboos? Highly unusual. Narrator prejudices again showing?
  • 8: LOVE this verse. Understatement, but also POWERFUL personal application.
  • 9: horses and chariots: anachronism?
  • 10: how does this fit into the history of political organization?
  • 10: again, amazing personal application. Truly listening to what people ask and say, then do it, reliability, etc.
  • 11: bad grammar which has implications on nature of translation (durst is past tense)
  • 12: Rabbanah, Hebrew/Aramaic, variation of “Rabouni”? (John 20)
  • 14: time reckoning?
  • 16-20: Exemplary teaching. Listen, responsive, preparation, meet people where they are
  • 17 & 21, contrast what willing to do
  • 22: wise + harmless: cf. Matt. 10:16
  • 23: guile?
  • 31: worldview
  • 34: speaks carefully to prevent misunderstanding
  • 36-39: Plan of redemption, parallel with Aaron, also note biblical presuppositions
  • Carefully note the queen’s primary, protagonist role

Chapter 19

  • 1. Sepulchre?
  • 2: Queen main character
  • 5: “he doth not stink” Funny, but also intimate and touching
  • 6: Notice the powerful repetition of light & dark; Ammon knows from personal experience (Mosiah 27:29)
  • 8: not dead…sleepeth, cf. Mark 5:39 (Jarius’ daughter)
  • 10: great faith.. cf. Luke 7:9 (healing centurion’s servant)
  • 12: “woman” NT parallels,
  • 13: “born of a woman” Job 3x; cf. Gal. 4:4
  • 14: overpowered with joy
  • 16: Abish, another key character. One of only *six* named women in the Book of Mormon (three from Bible: Eve, Sarah, Mary; three from BoM: Sariah, Abish, Isabel)
  • Vision of her father. Brief reference to fuller story. Is this subjective or objective genitive? Parallels suggest subjective, would be unique if it were a vision of her father rather than had by her father.
  • 17: KEY POINT. Our expectations in sharing, we need to be sensitive how others will react, etc (cf. vs. 28)
  • 18: behold he was a Nephite. Humor
  • 22: Discussion point: Miracles, theology, problematic
  • 29: Queen first, prophesies
  • 30: glossolalia
  • 31: interesting usage of “heard” (like “listened to”)
  • 33: KEY POINT: Theme, hearts changed, desires changed, transformation
  • 35: Word studies: Church, synagogue, Hebrew and Greek equivalents
  • 36: Mormon’s theme; “pour out his spirit” only in BoM, only in Mos/Alma/Helaman

Chapter 20

  • 4: afterthought, humor
  • Note: find resources on names in the Book of Mormon
  • Hardy’s cf Mosiah 10:12-17: agent vs. victim
  • 17: Discussion point, doctrine, problematic?
  • 18: blood cry from the ground (only Mormon scripture with this wording)
  • 23: “half the kingdom” how fits in historical context/parallels?
  • 24: coercion/might makes right?
  • 27: word search “astonished”
  • 29: all kinds of afflictions. How bad? They were naked in prison…
  • 30: “their lot” fate or just figure of speech?

Chapter 21

  • 4: Nehor: See Alma 1, but seems disproportionate influence
  • 6: “God will save all men” historically out of place? History of idea?
  • 8: don’t know things to come.. BoM apostate theme and foil (Jacob 4:4) Sherem, Jacob 7:7
  • Only Zoramite and Lamanites have “synagogues”; Nephites have churches
  • 19: he tried J

Chapter 22

  • 3: Power of personal example. Also a dangerous question here.
  • Note parallels and differences
  • 13-14: Plan of Redemption: 1 Cor 15, Mosiah 16, Mormon 7; Rom. 5:2; Col. 1:27
  • 15ff: Note the progression of dad Lamoni’s offers, transformation, conversion, key passage
  • 15: Aaron DID forsake his kingdom
  • 17ff: Agnostic prayer! Love it, validates lack of complete knowing
  • 18: Give away all my sins. Yup, that is the price
  • 25-26: Was the queen not pacified?
  • Cf. geography studies

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