Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Josiah to Zoram to Sherem to Jarom and the Big Little Book of Omni

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
4/9/2021
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
52 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Amaleki, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, Deuteronomists, jacob, Josiah, lds, lehi, Mormonism, sherem

Abstract: The first 450 years of Nephite history are dominated by two main threads: the ethno-political tension between Nephites and Lamanites and religious tension between adherents of rival theologies. These rival Nephite theologies are a Mantic theology affirming the existence of Christ and a Sophic theology denying Christ. The origin of both threads lies in the Old World: in conflicts between Nephi and Laman and in Lehi’s rejection of King Josiah’s theological and political reforms. This article suggests that Zoram, Laman, Lemuel, Sherem, and the Zeniffites were Deuteronomist followers of Josiah. As the small plates close, their last author, Amaleki, artfully confronts his readers with a life-defining choice: having read the Book of Mormon thus far, will you remain, metaphorically, with the prophets in Zarahemla and embrace the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, or will you return to the land of Nephi and the theology you believed and the life you lived before you read the Book of Mormon?

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