What Is Isaiah Doing in First Nephi? Or, How Did Lehi's Family Fare so Far from Home?

Title

What Is Isaiah Doing in First Nephi? Or, How Did Lehi's Family Fare so Far from Home?

Book Title

From Jerusalem to Zarahemla: Literary and Historical Studies of the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

2

Year of Publication

1998

Authors

Brown, S. Kent (Primary)

Pagination

9-27

Publisher

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Brown, S. Kent. "What Is Isaiah Doing in First Nephi? Or, How Did Lehi's Family Fare so Far from Home?" In From Jerusalem to Zarahemla: Literary and Historical Studies of the Book of Mormon, 9-27. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1998.

Abstract

The prophet Nephi incorporated words of Isaiah in his first book for both public and private reasons. Nephi openly declared that he intended to deepen people’s faith in the Holy One of Israel while linking his family’s experiences to prophecies concerning the scattering and gathering of Israel. Evidence in the Book of Mormon points also to the sorrow and estrangement which the family of Lehi and Sariah felt as they fled their home in Jerusalem and traveled across deserts and oceans to the New World. In Isaiah, Nephi found calming solace as well as evidence of prophetic fulfillment.

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