Nephi and the Exodus

Title

Nephi and the Exodus

Book Title

Rediscovering the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

5

Year of Publication

1991

Authors

Terry L. Szink (Primary)

Pagination

38-51

Publisher

FARMS

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Terry L. Szink. "Nephi and the Exodus" In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, 38-51. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1991.

Abstract

One of the best-known sections of the Book of Mormon tells the story of the journey of Lehi and his family from Jerusalem to the new promised land in the American continent. Yet, since the small plates were intended to contain the “things of God” (1 Nephi 6:4), why was this account included on the small plates while other things that seem to be more the “things of God” (such as the “many things which [Lehi] saw in visions and in dreams”—1 Nephi 1:16) were left out? Quite probably, Nephi, the author of this section, consciously wrote his account of the wilderness journey in a way that would remind the reader of the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt. He did this to prove that God loved and cared for the Nephites, just as the Exodus from Egypt was proof of God’s favor for the children of Israel. Therefore, this story of the journey truly is about the things of God and does belong on the small plates.
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Table of Contents

Book

Rediscovering the Book of Mormon: Insights That You May Have Missed Before
Sorenson, John L.

23 Chapters

Nephi's Use of Lehi's Record
Brown, S. Kent | pp. 3-14
Mormon as Editor
Hardy, Grant R. | pp. 15-28
Mormon's Editorial Promises
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 29-31
Colophons in the Book of Mormon
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 32-37
Nephi and the Exodus
Terry L. Szink | pp. 38-51
Jacob and His Descendants as Authors
Tanner, John S. | pp. 52-66
The Stealing of the Daughters of the Lamanites
Goff, Alan | pp. 67-74
The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 77-91
Mourning, Consolation, and Repentance at Nahom
Goff, Alan | pp. 92-99
Poetry in the Book of Mormon
Rust, Richard Dilworth | pp. 100-113
A Masterpiece: Alma 36
Welch, John W. | pp. 114-131
Book of Mormon Imagery
Rust, Richard Dilworth | pp. 132-139
The Image of the Hand of God in the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
Seely, David Rolph | pp. 140-150
"Means unto Repentance": Unique Book of Mormon Insights into Christ's At-one-ment
England, Eugene | pp. 153-167
The Ways of Remembrance
Midgley, Louis C. | pp. 168-176
Jesus' Covenant Teachings in Third Nephi
Ludlow, Victor L. | pp. 177-185
The Gathering of Israel in the Book of Mormon: A Consistent Pattern
Millet, Robert L. | pp. 186-196
Isaiah-Key to the Book of Mormon
Gileadi, Avraham | pp. 197-206
King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6
Ricks, Stephen D. | pp. 209-219
Nephi's Political Testament
Reynolds, Noel B. | pp. 220-229
The Covenant Tradition in the Book of Mormon
Ostler, Blake T. | pp. 230-240
Warfare in the Book of Mormon
Hamblin, William J. | pp. 241-248
Seasons of War, Seasons of Peace in the Book of Mormon
Sorenson, John L. | pp. 249-255

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