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According to the Book of Mormon, Abinadi (//) was a prophet who lived on the American continent about 150 BC. In the Book of Mormon account, Abinadi visited the court of King Noah at Lehi-Nephi, and pled for them to repent of their iniquity. Abinadi gave Noah the message of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth in the flesh, to live among the children of men. Noah and his priests threatened Abinadi that unless he recalls all the words he has said against him and his priests, they would kill him. Abinadi stood by his words and the wicked Noah had him burned with fire. One of Noah's priests, Alma the Elder, adhered to Abinadi's message and eventually became a prophet himself.
Abinadi appears to be a derivation of Abinadab, a name cited in the Hebrew Bible several times. This name is also related to Aminadav, Aminadab or Amminadab, the ancestor of David, pictured in the Sistine Chapel fresco by Michelangelo.
Note: The ancient sound "MB" produces variations such as "Nimrod" (Masoretic) vs. "Nebrod" (LXX) and "Omri" (M) vs. "Ambri" (LXX). Thus, Ambinadab (original) may have become Amminabad and Abinadab in various places.
M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles highlighted Abinadi’s courage and willingness to obey the Lord: “Abinadi infuriated wicked King Noah with his courageous testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Eventually this great missionary offered the ultimate sacrifice for his witness and faith but not before his pure testimony touched one believing heart. Alma, one of King Noah’s priests, ‘repented of his sins … , [accepted Jesus as the Christ,] and went about privately among the people, and began to teach the words of Abinadi’ (Mosiah 18:1). Many were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ as a direct result of Abinadi’s powerfully borne testimony of the Savior, believed by one soul, Alma”
While serving in the Seventy, Cree-L Kofford discussed Abinadi’s influence and example: “What is there that is so special about Abinadi? Perhaps it was his total obedience as he went, presumably alone, among those whom he must have known would take his life, to deliver the word of the Lord and to cry repentance to the people. Perhaps it is the very fact that we know so little about him, or perhaps it was simply the way with which he faced the adversities which came into his life in such a straightforward, ‘square-to-the world’ way. Whatever the reason, Abinadi was and is special. His life, lived so long ago, still has the power to excite the mind and cause the pulse to pound.”.
Comparison to King Benjamin
- LDS.org: "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPAified from «a-bĭn´a-dī»
- M. Russell Ballard, "Pure Testimony", Liahona, November 2004, p. 41.
- “Abinadi,” in Heroes from the Book of Mormon , 69–70)
- Book of Mormon Student Manual, (2009), 149–55
- ABINADI'S TEACHINGS[unreliable source?]
- Petersen, Mark E. (1983), Alma and Abinadi, Deseret Book Co, ISBN 0877479593
- Welch, John (2011). The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press; Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. ISBN 0842527125. OCLC 232358237.