Mormon studies, atonement, Israelites
When Latter-day Saints speak of atonement, they use vocabulary drawn from the scriptures, including common verbs like atone, save, and redeem, and the corresponding nouns atonement, savior, salvation, redeemer, and redemption. There are other, perhaps more vivid, words for salvific acts, such as the Book of Mormon references to being “snatched” (Mosiah 27:28–29; Alma 26:17).1 Such rare terms in scripture have not found place in LDS discourse, which tends to use the most common terms related to atonement interchangeably. While they are indeed at some level synonymous, their distinctive meanings gesture toward the possibility of a wider range of conceptions and nuances.
Spackman, T. Benjamin
"The Israelite Roots of Atonement Terminology,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 55
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol55/iss1/4