John W. Welch



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Download Foreword and Personal Acknowledgements (128 KB)

Download Entering the Ancient Legal World (131 KB)

Download Queries and Prospects (228 KB)

Download The Ideal of Righteous Judgment (143 KB)

Download Judicial Procedures in Biblical Times (185 KB)

Download The Case of Sherem (217 KB)

Download The Trial of Abinadi (408 KB)

Download The Trial of Nehor (165 KB)

Download The Trial of Alma and Amulek (223 KB)

Download The Trial of Korihor (185 KB)

Download Comparing Sherem, Nehor, and Korihor (90 KB)

Download The Case of Paanchi (105 KB)

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Download Judicial Punishments: Types and Rationales (289 KB)

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Download Appendix 1: Legal Proceedings in the Old Testament (111 KB)

Download Appendix 2: Legal Proceedings in the Book of Mormon (136 KB)

Download Bibliography (203 KB)

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The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon begins with a discussion of important background information, including legal practices in the ancient Near East, the ideal of righteous judgment, and the legal cases recorded in the Bible. John W. Welch then devotes a chapter to each of the legal cases in the Book of Mormon—from the formative cases of Sherem and Abinadi to the landmark trials of Nehor and Korihor, the wrenching prosecution of Alma and Amulek, and the politicized proceedings of Paanchi and Seantum.



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Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Brigham Young University Press

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Religion | Religious Education

The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon