Samuel the Lamanite shares striking similarities to his namesake, Samuel of the Old Testament. Both Samuel the Lamanite and the biblical Samuel had similar prophetic calls, foretold a coming Messiah, wielded God’s sword of justice, and subverted societal expectations. These similarities highlight how Samuel the Lamanite and Samuel the Israelite both fulfilled archetypal traits of true biblical prophets, despite their unassuming backgrounds. The Nephites would not have...