Lesson 8 - Politics in Jerusalem

Title

Lesson 8 - Politics in Jerusalem

Manual Title

An Approach to the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Manual

Lesson

8

Year of Publication

1957

Authors

Nibley, Hugh W. (Primary)

Pagination

79-91

Publisher

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Place Published

Salt Lake City

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Nibley, Hugh W. "Lesson 8 - Politics in Jerusalem" In An Approach to the Book of Mormon, 79-91. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1957.

Abstract

Nephi tells us a great deal about conditions in Jerusalem in his day. Lessons 8, 9, and 10 take a closer look at the city on the eve of its overthrow. From Nephi we learn that the Elders of the Jews were running things, and that these Elders hated Lehi. From other sources it is known that Jerusalem at the time actually was under the control of the Sarim, an upstart aristocracy that surrounded and dominated the weak king and hated and opposed both the prophets and the old aristocratic class to which Lehi belonged. This accounts for Nephi’s own coldness towards “the Jews at Jerusalem.” Among the considerable evidence in the Book of Mormon that identifies Lehi with the old aristocracy, the peculiar conception and institution of “land of one’s inheritance” deserved special mention. Also the peculiar relationship between city and country has now been explained, and with it the declaration of the Book of Mormon that Christ was born in the land of Jerusalem becomes a strong argument in support of its authenticity. Another significant parallel between the Book of Mormon and the political organization of Jerusalem in Lehi’s day is the singular nature and significance of the office of judges. The atmosphere of Jerusalem as described in the first chapters of the Book of Mormon is completely authentic, and the insistence of Nephi on the greatness of the danger and the completeness of the destruction of Judah has recently been vindicated by archaeological finds.

Table of Contents

Manual

An Approach to the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W.

30 Lessons

Lesson 1 - Introduction
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 1-12
Lesson 2 - A Time for Re-Examination
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 13-25
Lesson 3 - An Auspicious Beginning
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 26-37
Lesson 4 - Lehi as a Representative Man
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 38-46
Lesson 5 - Lehi's Affairs, 1. The Jews and the Caravan Trade
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 47-57
Lesson 6 - Lehi's Affairs, 2. Lehi and the Arabs
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 58-69
Lesson 7 - Lehi's Affairs, 3. Dealings with Egypt
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 70-78
Lesson 8 - Politics in Jerusalem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 79-91
Lesson 9: Escapade in Jerusalem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 92-101
Lesson 10 - Portrait of Laban
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 102-112
Lesson 11 - The Flight into the Wilderness
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 113-121
Lesson 12 - The Pioneer Tradition and the True Church
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 122-132
Lesson 13 - Churches in the Wilderness
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 133-142
Lesson 14 - Unwelcome Voices from the Dust
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 143-153
Lesson 15 - Qumran and the Waters of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 154-163
Lesson 16 - The Apocrypha and the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 164-177
Lesson 17 - A Strange Order of Battle
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 178-189
Lesson 18 - Life in the Desert, 1. Man versus Nature
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 190-201
Lesson 19 - Life in the Desert, 2. Man versus Man
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 202-216
Lesson 20 - Life in the Desert, 3. Lehi's Dream
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 217-228
Lesson 21 - Life in the Desert, Lehi the Poet — A Desert Idyll
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 229-241
Lesson 22 - Proper Names in the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 242-255
Lesson 23 - Old World Ritual in the New World
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 256-270
Lesson 24 - Ezekiel 37:15-23 as Evidence for the Book of Mormon
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 271-287
Lesson 25 - Some Test Cases from the Book of Ether
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 288-298
Lesson 26 - The Way of the "Intellectuals"
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 299-314
Lesson 27 - The Way of the Wicked
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 315-335
Lesson 28 - The Nature of Book of Mormon Society
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 336-350
Lesson 29 - Strategy for Survival
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 351-365
Appendix 1 - The Archaeological Problem
Nibley, Hugh W. | pp. 366-377
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