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Abinadi by H.B. Moore
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Feb 26, 16

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Read in December, 2008

This is an interesting interpretation of what the Book of Mormon says about Abinadi, and the author applies what else is known of the period and cultures of Mesoamerica. But the author is not, as my father liked to say, "encumbered by too much information," so she had to make up a lot and extrapolate a lot more from what is known. Among the things she made up was the idea that Abinadi was not the wiry ancient as portrayed in the Arnold Freiberg painting, but a young man who had much more to leave when he died: a wife, a son, a mother and brother. This, of course, made his sacrifice all the more poignant.

What worked the best for me in this story was the depiction of the decadence of King Noah's people, and how fear and guilt helped to escalate the wickedness. It's a book I'd recommend to those who would like to imagine more about the people we meet in the Book of Mormon. This is one of many possible ways it might have happened.
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