The Typology of the Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon

Title

The Typology of the Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon

Book Title

Literature of Belief: Sacred Scripture and Religious Experience

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

13

Year of Publication

1981

Authors

Tate, George S. (Primary)

Pagination

245-262

Publisher

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Tate, George S. "The Typology of the Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon" In Literature of Belief: Sacred Scripture and Religious Experience, 245-262. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1981.

Abstract

Professor Tate draws on his background in medieval and patristic studies to find the theme of Exodus typology as prominent and important—indeed, as central—to the Book of Mormon as other scholars have found it to be in Old and New Testament studies. Not only do the events of Lehi’s family recapitulate those of the Exodus, but as Professor Tate points out, Nephi himself, the narrator and recorder of those events, is conscious of the parallels and uses them in a powerful way to unify his people and to persuade their compliance to the Lord’s pattern.
 
Nor is Nephi alone, Professor Tate argues, in perceiving the echoes of the Exodus pattern. His brother Jacob alludes unmistakably to Exodus typology as does Alma the Younger. And just as the typological pattern in the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in the New, so does the Exodus type in the Book of Mormon find explicit and eloquent fulfillment in the visit of Christ to the Nephites, recorded in 3 Nephi.
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