Mosiah 4 to 6 – “A Mighty Change”

April 20, 2020 to April 26, 2020

Benjamin continues his speech, teaching that salvation comes only through the atonement of Christ. Followers of Christ will perform good works and impart of their substance to the poor.

“The Treaty/Covenant Pattern in King Benjamin’s Address (Mosiah 1-6),” Stephen D. Ricks, BYU Studies, Vol. 24, no. 2
King Benjamin’s address follows an ancient pattern of treaties and covenants. The pattern includes a preamble, sharing of antecedent history, outlining individual stipulations, participants giving oaths of acceptance, warnings of curses to attend covenant-breakers, promises of blessings to covenant-keepers, and the recording and depositing of the text.

King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”
This book, published in 1998, is available for download as a whole or by individual chapters. The keynote address, by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, is “King Benjamin’s Sermon: A Manual for Discipleship.” Eleven other chapters by various scholars discuss such topics as Benjamin, the man; the sermon as a farewell address; the sermon in context of ancient Israelite festivals; parallelism and chiasmus in the speech; and the speech as a precursor of the sacrament prayers.

“King Benjamin: In the Service of Your God,” Susan Easton Black, in The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ
King Benjamin’s reign radiates with the brightness, hope, and love of a righteous Christian king. King Benjamin showed how the mysteries of God and service are interrelated.

“Democratizing Forces in King Benjamin’s Speech,” John W. Welch, Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon
In Mosiah 6, we read that every soul had entered into the covenant and had taken upon them the name of Christ. Here is a profound equality of society, where an entire people take part in the same covenants and contribute to egalitarian principles. King Benjamin’s taught many principles that contribute to an equal society in Christ. King Benjamin himself serves as an example of noble humility, in working among his fellow men, instead of lording above them.

Chart 88: “Benjamin’s Themes Related to the Israelite New Year” Charting the Book of Mormon

Chart 89: “Benjamin’s Themes Related to the Day of Atonement” Charting the Book of Mormon

Chart 91: “Benjamin’s Themes Related to Sabbatical and Jubilee Years” Charting the Book of Mormon

Chart 100: “Treaty-Covenant Pattern in the Old Testament and Benjamin’s Speech” Charting the Book of Mormon

Chart 101: “Benjamin’s and Mosiah’s Covenant Ceremonies Compared with Old Testament Rituals” Charting the Book of Mormon

Chart 131: “Chiasmus in Mosiah 5:10-12” Charting the Book of Mormon