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- Mosiah 11:16-20.: Abinidi makes his first appearance in this chapter and it soon becomes clear that his lot is that of a "doom and gloom" prophet, in the vein of a Jeremiah, Nahum, John the Baptist, Samuel the Lamanite, etc. These are prophets whose prophesyings serve as a last chance to a wicked people who ultimately do not repent (notwithstanding prophesies surrounding the punishments that are sure to come if they don't). These prophets are tragic characters who often are martyred for their efforts. They do not have the good fortune of the patriarchs (Adam, Abraham, Noah) or the zion-builders (Enoch, Moses, Brigham Young) who restore the gospel to a community of believers and get to see some amount of fruits of their labors. Some prophets (like Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith) seem to be a mixture of both.
- It is not clear where even Abinidi comes from, but it seems likely he would have been known to the King and his priests before his emergence as a prophet. After all, in an agrarian society with probably limited resources, the community of educated people might have been relatively small. In fact, there were likely few full sets of the scriptures even available, and so Abinidi may well have been educated and studied together with the priests themselves in earlier times. This is all conjecture, but helps explain how in later chapters Abinidi is able to anticipate the priets' arguments and generally deal with them on their own terms.
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- Mosiah 11:6-10: What could be so flattering that one would willingly pay 1/5 of all they owned to subscribe to it?
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