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Article of the Week

November 27, 2017
Article of the Week
Samuel and His Nephite Sources
John Hilton III
Sunny Hendry Hafen
Jaron Hansen

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by John Hilton III, Sunny Hendry Hafen and Jaron Hansen that was published in our newest issue, 56:3. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Samuel the Lamanite is a unique and powerful individual in the Book of Mormon. Dennis Largey described him as "one of the most colorful figures in the Book of Mormon," stating that "few readers can forget the image of this fearless servant of God announcing the dramatic signs of Christ's birth and death, crying repentance from the walls of Zarahemla." The only Lamanite specifically cited by name as being a prophet, Samuel taught doctrine and prophesied to the Nephites in approximately 6 bc.

While previous literature has done much to help readers more fully appreciate the grandeur of Samuel's sermon, there is an important facet of this discourse that has received scant attention, namely, the possible intertextuality between the words of Samuel the Lamanite and other scriptural sources. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that he extensively utilized words from multiple Book of Mormon prophets as he taught the Nephites from a wall in Zarahemla.