A Preparatory Redemption

Reading Alma 12-13

Matthew Bowman Rosemary Demos

The twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the Book of Mormon’s Alma contain a theologically rich and often misunderstood text—a brief discourse to the people of Ammonihah exploring the nature of redemption and the establishment of God’s holy order of priesthood.

In this collection of essays, eight scholars examine Alma’s words from a broad range of disciplines and analytical approaches, from literary criticism to philosophy to comparative religious history. Their interpretive experiments open this text up to theological insights that inform devotion and prompt deep inquiry.

About the Editor

Matthew Bowman

About the Author

Matthew Bowman

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Summary Report
  • The Profession of Nehor and the Holy Order of God: Theology and Society in Ammonihah
  • Conversing and Calling in Alma 12 and 13
  • Angels and a Theology of Grace
  • The Heart in Alma 12 and 13
  • Obtaining Divine Mercy
  • Seams, Cracks, and Fragments: Notes on the Human Condition
  • A Preparatory Redemption
  • Called and Ordained: A Priesthood of All Believers in Alma 13
  • Contributors
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Publication Information

  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 978-0-8425-3025-5
  • Page Count: 105
  • Price: $ 15.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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