“Who Art Thou?”

Brant Gardner

Of course, the precision of Ammon's spirit-led perception has only heightened the king's hesitation rather than assuage it. Where Ammon thought to lay claim to nothing more than mortality, the king's surprise at the accuracy of Ammon's question leads him to wonder even the more at what type of man stands before him. At least the silent icejam is broken, and the king now speaks. He asks the most important question on his mind "Who are thou?" This is not a question asking for Ammon's genealogy or homeland, it is a question about is very nature. In spite of Ammon's declaration of humanity, the king specifically asks him if he is the great spirit. Perhaps if he is not a demi-god, he is a full god. The last statement "who knows all things" is related to the accuracy of Ammon's question about the king's hesitation.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon