Just a quick note, on something I was looking at today.
Alma spends quite a long time in chapter 13 discussing the role of high priest. There are lots of reasons for this, and it comes in direct answer to how people can get past the angels at the tree of life and ever enter into God’s rest. Somehow the very ordination of high priests points the way…
But at any rate, what I was thinking about is this chapter’s relation to the problems he faces in chapter 8, the first time he enters the city:
“Nevertheless, they hardened their hearts, saying unto him: Behold, we know that thou art Alma; and we know that thou art high priest over the church which thou hast established in many parts of the land, according to your tradition; and we are not of thy church, and we do not believe in such foolish traditions.”
It would be interesting, and perhaps I’ll take it up, to see how the development of everything between chapter 8 verse 11 and chapter 13 builds on each other.