1 and 2 Nephi: An Inspiring Whole

Title

1 and 2 Nephi: An Inspiring Whole

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1986

Authors

Journal

BYU Studies Quarterly

Pagination

53-65

Volume

26

Issue

4

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Bibliographic Citation

Axelgard, Frederick W. "1 and 2 Nephi: An Inspiring Whole" In BYU Studies Quarterly, Vol. 26. 1986:53-65.

Abstract

A common method to scripture study among Latter-day Saints is to search a broad range of verses by topic. While certainly useful, such a fragmented approach does not illuminate thematic elements and patterns that emerge only when surveying entire sections of scripture. To illustrate, the author of this article analyzes the first two books in the Book of Mormon, 1 and 2 Nephi. He suggests that Nephi was following an outline, and he identifies two dominant themes: Nephi's emphasis on record keeping and his constant association between events of his own time and events recorded in ancient scriptures. The author concludes that a more holistic approach to scripture study presents challenges to the reader but has great merit.

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