At some point here I think I’ll combine my thoughts on Alma and Amulek into one post. For now, I want to share a verse we found last night at study group that laid out what Joe and I have seen happening with Alma and Amulek:
In Alma 12:1, Alma speaks after Amulek.
Here is how the verse describes what Alma does:
Now Alma… began to speak unto him, and to establish the words of Amulek, and to explain things beyond, or to unfold the scriptures beyond that which Amulek had done.
Alma does two things: he establishes, or builds up, Amulek’s words, in no way belittling him or suggesting that Amulek was wrong; but he also goes beyond Amulek specifically using the scriptures.
It seems that Alma has some concerns about how Amulek’s words may be received. I really think that the problems Corianton has are from misreadings of Amulek. So this is a fantastic explanation of how I see Alma 34 and Alma 39-42 in relation: Alma both establishes and goes beyond what Amulek had said.