Most people assume Lehi’s account was at the beginning of the gold plates and Nephi’s account tacked on at the end. This would make the language of the Egyptians equal to the “language of the Egyptians,” which is a curious thing to say considering Lehi was a descendant of Manasseh, unless you consider that maybe Lehi used the language of the Egyptians for business. This puts the Lamb on the throne to make final judgement. – The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon has verse one within the same part as the heading. The real problem is the shift between third person and first person. Heading Indicates Prophetic Work – Nephi’s use of heading was not just something he did because it was in vogue; it was something that indicated a prophetic text. Verse 8 “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz,” is how Isaiah’s heading starts. Why not just forget about Lehi’s record entirely? Isaiah and plenty of other ancient prophets gave only the names of their father to establish their social credibility. Arrangement Reflects Plan Of Salvation Cycle – Joseph M. Spencer pointed out that this verse reflects the progression of the plan of salvation. But as the center of the solar system, it is Christ who judges supreme and descends with judgement at the last day (see also 1 Kings 22:19, Psalm 11:4, Ezek. What is hidden from view in a cloud by day becomes apparent when the darkest hour of night comes. It also suggests the waters of baptism which precede the pentecostal fire of the Holy Ghost confirmation. Likewise, any missionary could tell you about brilliant, intelligent people who choose to ignore a basic truth of the gospel because they don’t have the courage to face up to it, it is uncomfortable, or they don’t want to change their lifestyle. Concourses Of Angels – The concourses of angels surrounding God on His throne are typically shown in Mormon art as a crowd of people blowing trumpets. I’m anxious to see how it develops. It contains an account of the visit of Jesus Christ to the inhabitants of ancient America. Reasons for not seeing the rod (mists in our day): The main antidote to the whole problem seems to Nephi to be Jesus Christ: seeing him for what he is. Lehi felt emotionally exhausted as well because of what he learned about Egypt and the fate of his people. Those were the compositor’s. Was it the Holy Ghost deciding on the words? In Exodus 4:19, it says simply “sought thy life,” and Psalms 31:13 says “take my life.” In 1 Kings 19:14 (and verse 10), our English translation says, “and they seek my life, to take it away.” But in the original Hebrew is simply “seek my life.” Because the verse previously included the prhase “slain thy prophets with the sword,” the translators wanted to make it clear this following seeking of life was equal to slaying with the sword. The Tree of Life vision is a lens through which Nephi’s visions are seen in the chapters of 1 Nephi 11-14. If Lehi’s role as trader involved a government office, this would also explain how he was so familiar with Laban. This was only is be yad. Yes, this is it so far. Lehi’s full explanation likewise must have included Christ’s ascension on the cross and the rest of the symbolism we see in Revelation and Facsimile 2 of Christ’s atonement. “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, “And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being overcome with the Spirit and the things which he had seen.”, “And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.”, “And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.”. “You know when… You know it… My soul knows it… You know my anxious thoughts.” To “know” a person suggests marital or sexual relations, but when it is knowledge about someone–their thoughts, words, creations–it suggests a very close relationship: “It is in the context of covenants, then, that we should also understand the word ‘know’ in this psalm.” The same applies to 1 Nephi 1:18. Rather than you solution, I see the first person line of the current header as a chapter header. On the feast of Horus-Min, the king offered burn sacrifices, “to ensure the continued fertility of the land and rebirth of life.” For Lehi, this opening of heaven saved him from being consumed to death, and the spiritual dew of heaven provided a rebirth of spirit and creature. People do not want to acknowledge the likelihood of doom when the consequences are unimaginable. Each of these elements combine in this symbolism of God, as rock becomes liquid lava. Nephi’s record is a physical confirmation that Nephi kept his covenants and was therefore goodly. Thanks you. *This is a suggested outline that … But the descending fire is a glorious experience to the righteous, and Lehi was excited that not only would his family be saved, they would produce a posterity of millions and be the instrument sof salvation in the western hemisphere. But it is a whole other issue how much we can trust the Anthon transcript that we supposedly have to be genuine, and the many years between Nephi’s departure from Jerusalem to Mormon’s transcribing the plates certainly changed the script itself greatly. The Mayan glyph for “sun” shows two paths crossing each other surrounded by three rings–possibly the cross tree of life surrounded by telestial, terrestrial, and celestial glories. Instead of dispersing the Hebrews in a diaspora, it will gather them. Psalm 72 starts with a header: “A psalm for Solomon.” Psalm 73 starts with a header: “A psalm for Asaph.” Sometimes the KJV translators placed these headers before the first verse, and other times they made them the first verse itself–as is the case with Proverbs 31:1: “The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.”. It is the means of tasting the fruit of the tree, or rather, it is an extension of the Heavenly King. Egypt turned tail and fled when when Jehoakim revolted against Babylon, and later when Zedekiah revolted against Babylon. Chapter 11 introduces the words of Isaiah. Oba. B. therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. The word “vision” does not appear in Nephi’s initial heading, but vision is what the entire first chapter relates–it’s what the chapter is about. The opening of heavens typically refer to rain, as clouds by day provide rain. – Why would Joseph Smith come up with this complicated explanation of multiple sets of plates if he were making it up? And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; A. and I make it according to my knowledge. Instead of destruction, the dew of heaven today will recreate the Jerusalem that fell to ruin in Lehi’s day–new Jerusalem. Although, I am grateful verse one is where it is because it is one of the greatest verses of scripture ever written. The heading speaks in present tense: “The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land…”, on and on, and then we get to verse one: “I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents…” Saying “having been” instead of “have been” is a present passive perfect participle, and it makes the sentence reference to the past but still in present tense. So, when Nephi in verse 1 says he “was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father,” this does not seem to refer to his ability to create metal plates. Redemption – Once enabled to judge the people, Lehi opened the mysterious book of God and pronounced judgements upon the people–horrible things of death and destruction. The Mayan zodiac circle uses similar symbolism, with the sun god surrounded by 19 glyphs, representing the 19 months of the Mayan year. Jerusalem had always managed to avoid destruction by some stroke of luck, and why would that change now? Chapter 9 introduces the purpose of each set of plates. So sure were the people of Jerusalem that Egypt would have their backs–it was in Egypt’s interest to protect them, after all–that they thought Lehi was crazy. But what we learn from Abraham’s vision of Kolob is that exaltation exists in degrees, and each group diagrammatically exists in circular proximity to the Lord according to their glory, like planets rotating around a star. Moses and the Hebrews likewise were totally helpless in the wilderness and needed the God of nature to intervene. It took a couple weeks, and I’ll keep going as I have time. Only then would God “turn away” their captivity and perform His role as the protective pillar of fire. Jerusalem was warned over and over in a clear way what would happen and that their wickedness would be responsible. But Lehi quaked and trembled, as he did not dwell on solid rock. The 1830 dictionary defines it as: “Favor; advantage; convenience, profit; support, defense, vindication. They Also Sought His Life – This phrase sounds redundant: “they also sought his life, that they might take it away.” Don’t those mean the same thing? In any case, it is inconceivable that a farm boy with a third grade education could devise something like thise, or even the greatest biblical scholar of the time. Sinai filled with smoke and fire, but this time the entire mountain will turn to lava. Rock, fire, and water need to all three be there, because God is a consuming fire. With Mine Own Hand – This is a common Egyptian idiom of authorship. Then, they divided into twelve groups to pray and minister and by baptized in water, after which fire came down out of heaven and encircled them (see 3 Nephi 19:14). But examples of Egyptian headings display a similar enormous length, as I will show later in this article. 1 Nephi 11 1 Nephi 11–14 — Overview: The Four Stages of Nephi’s Prophetic Worldview. Over in the Old World, we developed our own zodiac circle with twelve months in the year. Mormon added multiple colophons, following the typical ancient style with dates, names, historical notes, and contexts for various books. Malachi 1:1: “The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by [the hand of] Malachi.” The word “by” here is be yad. Acts 7:56 describes it likewise: “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” In the book of Helaman, when the prophets Lehi and Nephi are encircled by a pillar of fire, but not consumed, and the prison collapses with quaking and trembling, the heavens then opened and they saw angels. 3 Ne 1:3 the end of the ministry of Nephi Richard G. Scott "Nephi lived in a time of tremendous upheaval and dissension when morals and standards were abandoned, government had disintegrated, and Gadianton robbers ruled the land, yet he remained faithful and engendered faith in others willing to hear the message of Jesus Christ. Nephi would welcome fleeing into the desert if it meant being together as a family. 10:1, Dan. Heavens Open – Ezekiel described it the same way–the heavens opened and he saw visions. Chapter 12 contains a portion of the vision which deals with the history of the Nephites and Lamanites. Living water proceeds from the rock. He didn’t make any of the division decisions. 2 Nephi 1 is a general summary of the story. The paragraph marking you are seeing is not Joseph’s. If you visualize this sun passage above a map of the world, the sun is delivering just as much light to the western hemisphere as to the east–indicating the gospel has been spread throughout the world. Even though it was probably written there in the gold plates, it makes total sense for Joseph Smith to carify how they they sought his life: “to take it away.”. If someone today were tipped off about an imminent nuclear attack from Russia, would they go around preaching to people in the streets, or would they build a bomb shelter for their family or flee to Canada? Well, this final verse of 1 Nephi 1 is the same case. Yet in reminiscing about Mount Sinai and the exodus, Psalm 78 declares that God shakes the rocks as well: “He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. Once we see this, we can then illustrate the imitations that the Adversary uses, and to Nephi, the great and spacious building is the imitations of the Devil. Uriah had just been executed by Jehoakim for prophesying of the wickedness and destruction of Jerusalem. It talks about heavens, earth, and creation, and then repeats these things in reverse order: “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.” Interestingly this is a heading–perhaps the first heading of the bible. The Spirit of God continued to burn in his soul that entire time. The overall structure of 1 Nephi and 2 Nephi likewise reflect this progression: Chiasmus – Verses 1-3 is a chiasmus, an ancient Hebrew literary device found throughout the Book of Mormon. It is alright for us to testify of our society’s wickedness and abominations. Dr. Hugh Nibley translated an Egyptian text dating to Nephi’s time that begins almost exactly the same as 1 Nephi 1:1, “I, Kai, was the son of a man who was worthy and wise.” (see Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon) This Kai guy should go after Nephi for plagiary! Yes, that is what Jesus would do, and it is what God wants us to do. Furthermore, if the Antimos had the lost 116 pages to compare Nephi’s record to and find contradictions to prove Joseph Smith was making it up, why is Nephi’s account more detailed about the same events? Why do these things lead him to write a book of scripture? But if Lehi was frequently traveling as a trader and Nephi was receiving formal training in metallurgy and/or writing, this would make Nephi and Lehi somewhat strangers to each other–like a kid whose father is always away on business, or a child away at boarding school. 1:1 The vision (comp. But there is still 12 positions and that’s the point. It is over and over again a road of escape. 1 Nephi 1:2 Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the … Thousands were rounded up and taken captive to Babylon (see 2 Kings 24:11-15). But there is no paragraph marker penciled in before that. Alternatively, the superscriptions of the sections II to V could be interpreted as an A-B-B-A pattern…”. First, it can be noted that the number of seven main parts may have been chosen deliberately to numerically express the notion of completeness. Egypt set up Jehoakim as their puppet king (609-598 BC), and Israel–who already felt pinballed in a geopolitical struggle of world powers–got caught up as the flashpoint in the conflict between Egypt and Babylon. That would mean much of what he got from Egypt he got in Egypt. The 'Standard' is the gospel. Again, Nephi and Lehi were likely separated for much of their lives until they deparated into the wilderness as a family. What kind of guidance does the system of headings provide? Every thing else is just an imitation. We can think of 3 Nephi 1-7 as the gathering dark before the radiant Light of Christ's appearance to the Lehites. Metal was very scarce in Israel at this time (which was one reason Israel kept losing in battles; the soldiers had few metal weapons). Now, this is a very simplistic portrayal of the headings throughout Nephi’s writings, as he inserts metatext all over. This must have come as a shock to anyone who knew Lehi if he was often traveling to Egypt and active in the pro-Egypt political faction. Archaeologists have found “a number of Arabic script letters sent by Jewish traders.” Jewish traders were first “instructed in Hebrew script, which they then subsequently used to write other languages, too… Jewish scribes working for government offices would have been trained” in these foreign languages. One Egyptain scroll reads: “In a dream Thoth said unto him… Open the next box therein. This phrase marks a transition between Nephi's abridgment of his fathers record and the beginning of his own history. It’s not just about how bright the light remains, but the timing of the One and twelve. – The last part in this statement about symmetrical arrangement of heading titles is interesting because it speaks to the chiasmic structure of 1 Nephi 1:1, which I will talk about later. and is an account of; “…Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons, being called, (beginning at the eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. At that moment they could all be saved and glorified. Nephi’s vision is the type of revelation known in biblical literature as apocalyptic, and it is represented in the New Testament most fully by the Revelation of John. It’s human nature for people when they are terrified to be trusting of the narrative fed to them. As a consequence, the first main part actually goes without its own particular heading. Tender Mercies – Many of the prophets in this circumstances were killed, but Lehi escaped, and Nephi accounted that as a “tender mercy.” Elder Bednar’s landmark general conference address gave great insight on what a “tender mercy” is. About 592–591 B.C. “And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: “Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people. It is reminiscent of Jesus’ parable of the wise man who built his house upon the rock and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. How long from the vision until Lehi reached his bed at his house, I wonder? But why abandon the quick and easy Hebrew script for Egyptian if not to save room on the plates? Likewise today, those who do not fall in line in the culture wars are considered seditious, and their calls for people to repent are met with outrage and hostility, for being so “judgemental”. Does The Book Of Mormon Contradict The Bible? In Facsimle 2, the god Min who we see seated on a throne receiving the keywords of the priesthood was the one thought by the Egyptians to open the heavens and provide regenerative rain: “The outpourings of the heavens were thus very definitely under the control of Min.” Joseph Smith described this Figure as God revealing the keywords of the priesthood through the heavens. [Zarahemla Research Foundation, Study Book of Mormon, p. 47] It is a powerful and unforgettable prophetic statement. In Egyptian mythology, Osiris was overcome by his wicked brother and then reborn as Horus. The noun is simply missing. We are finding our promised land, and each must emulate Jospeh Smith as he approached God with that First Vision. B. That would mean Nephi was well-traveled and knew the route to and from Egypt. Verse 4 What has the role of privilege played in your life? Nephi's vision, thus far, has been about events which happen in Jerusalem. And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. For example, here is the heading to Monk Paham’s will dating to the 8th century AD: “I, Paham, have written this will with my own hand, while dwelling on the mountain of Jeme as a monk.” Note how the first three words are exactly like Nephi’s introduction, “I, Nephi, having…” The list of other examples of wills from this time period go on: Scholars have found that “similar formulas are used in Greek inscriptions on stone that are of an official or legal in nature: last wills and testaments, manumissions of slaves, consecreations of children to divinities, etc.” (Steve Reece) This last function is interesting, as Nephi is clear about his “intent” in 1 Nephi 6: to pass the plates down to his descendants so that they write “the things of God.” “Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men.” 1 Nephi certainly functions as a consecration of his descendants to divinity. I think there is also a similar arrangement of headings in 1 and 2 Nephi. We hope these discussion questions help you gather your own light and insights from this admittedly rather dark section of Nephite and Lamanite history. The heading gives a brief summary of what the book is about. “When the Son of Man shall sit on the throne of His glory, ye shall sit on twelve thrones.” (see Matt. Shouldn’t the content that has a bunch of phrases separated by dashes all be in included in the header and then everything after that become the content of the chapter? This would also be the very road that Lehi’s family would eventually take as they fled out of Jerusalem heading south. "The editors of the Book of Mormon have given a whole verse to Nephi's laconic statement, 'And my father dwelt in a tent' (1 Nephi 2:15), and rightly so, since Nephi himself finds the fact very significant and refers constantly to his father's tent as the center of his universe. I know there are days I wish this would finally just happen, like Isaiah. I’m personally inclined to believe Nephi did receive formal training to be a scribe, but that this was not his sole training. In Isaiah, the root word for “flow” in Hebrew is “quake”: As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!”. Proverbs includes metatexts all over the place in a style similar to Nephi. He then mentions where his is from and gives a brief description of his father. The most compelling reason verses 1-3 would belong with the heading is that they are written in present tense grammar like the heading. He had to wait until noon for it to be obvious that Baal was not descending. The belief that it will not help us specifically – 1 Nephi 15.8-9. That phrase got a subject and verb “slain thy prophets” and clarified it was done with a “sword.” The translators wanted the seeking of his life to likewise get clarification of how it was done: it was taken away. Nephi’s vision, which stands at the center of the book of 1 Nephi, is four chapters long. 1 Nephi 8 1 Nephi 8:1 — The Families Gather Seeds. My guess is metallurgy was his profession of choice and writing was something he “minored in” so to speak, something he was interested in mostly because of his father. 1:26, Ezek. Perhaps the first example in the bible is Genesis 2:4. 1 Nephi 11-14 A Charted Summary. You can access a PDF of this chart here. Were the people of Jerusalem stupid for relying on Egypt and not fleeing when they had the chance? The pillar stood, as if alive, because from it “Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” But then, Moses was told, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” This has always puzzled scholars–wasn’t he just speaking to him face to face a second ago? Verse 2 But this was hardly the calm, self-assured atmosphere that we see in the kid’s Book of Mormon cartoons. All twelve hours of the day must be there. Start studying 1 Nephi - Book of Mormon Chapter Summaries. People assume the plates were arranged this way from reading Words of Mormon: “after I had made an abridgment from the plates of Nephi, down to the reign of this king Benjamin, of whom Amaleki spake, I searched among the records which had been delivered into my hands, and I found these plates, which contained this small account of the prophets, from Jacob down to the reign of this king Benjamin, and also many of the words of Nephi.” He doesn’t say he found the words of Nephi and Lehi. For example, some scholars see 9:1 as an allusion to the book’s overall structure (Hurowitz 2001:218), when it is said that wisdom’s house has ‘seven pillars.’. Verse 8 tells of Lehi being “carried away in a vision. Third, the specific nature of the first heading is matched by the specific character of the first main part, Prov 1-9… Fourth, is there a rationale lying behind the titles of the main parts? If Joseph Smith were trying to cover for his blunder of losing the 116 pages of the manuscript as Trey Parker and Matt Stone make it sound like, he could have simply written a different book–one written by Nephi rather than Lehi. Nephi Trained As A Scribe? How did it get from 12 to 24? So, this means Nephi’s account alone ended up tacked on to the end of the gold plates, right? “Having seen many afflictions in the course of my days”, “Having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God”, Nehi/Nehri – An Egyptian name. For concerns and questions please contact. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity and they seek to destroy his life. Faith will give us power to deliver and be delivered from the horrible circumstances and inauspicious fate of our popular culture. But then we learn that in the last days of the world–in high noon, so to speak–there will be a different kind of rain: In the case of the Lord’s consuming fire, the rain from heaven is not anything different from the fire but another aspect of God’s presence. A. having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God. Old Testament books of prophesy used headings to immediately indicate to the reader the authorship of a Seer. They would have to pray with all their heart as Lehi prayed in order to escape captivity. That’s because it is a consuming fire. Knowing the “mysteries of God” required a covenant and testimony of a person’s worthiness. But here as Nephi wrote this by his own hand, he gave it as a heading. 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