The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Scholars today recognize that the full text of Isaiah was not written by a single individual named Isaiah in the latter half of the eighth century BCE, but rather that the text was written by at least two, and more probably three, individual authors spanning a period of about four centuries. Generally scholars identify chapters 1-39...

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“The Spirit That I Have Seen May Be The Devil”–Nephi’s Slaying of Laban

The opening pages of the Book of Mormon confront us with the most problematic story in the entire book—the murder of a defenseless Laban by a sword-wielding Nephi.  (1 Nephi 4)  We all know the story.  Nephi has been commanded by God (through his prophet-father Lehi) to obtain Laban’s brass plate version of the Hebrew...

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The Nephite Ministry of Jesus Christ—Part 3

  A Little Background This is the final of three articles.  The first article looked at how Jesus’ ministry to the Nephites begins with three chapters quoted from the New Testament, being the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5-7; how those chapters are not just filler, but how pieces of the New Testament chapters are...

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Malachi and Isaiah in Third Nephi–Part 2

  My last article showed how three chapters from Matthew (the Sermon on the Mount from Matt. 5-7) are quoted at the beginning of Jesus’ Nephite ministry, and thereafter incorporated into his teachings approximately 15 times. Bookending these three New Testament chapters at the outset of Jesus’ ministry are three Old...

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Book of Mormon Lesson 7: 2 Nephi 3-5

Lehi continues with his prophetic blessings which include his blessing to Joseph.  It is within Joseph’s blessing that we get some of the unique contributions of the Book of Mormon:  prophecy of the coming forth Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith Jr..  Lehi’s death is recorded.   We get the division between the...

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Book of Mormon Lesson 6: 2 Nephi 1-2

Following the mode of the Old Testament Patriarchs,  Lehi gives blessings and final words of counsel to his posterity.    Using the idea of gaps and  blanks, lets see if we can learn something from what we are not told.  Again the following is taken from my reading of Grant Hardy’s Undersanding the Book of Mormon, a...

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