Nephi Wanted to Be a Prophet Like Moses, Not a King Like David

Title

Nephi Wanted to Be a Prophet Like Moses, Not a King Like David

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2023

Authors

Pagination

281–292

Volume

59

Terms of use

Items in the BMC Archive are made publicly available for non-commercial, private use. Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. Items do not represent the official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of Book of Mormon Central.

Bibliographic Citation

Halverson, Taylor. "Nephi Wanted to Be a Prophet Like Moses, Not a King Like David", Vol. 59. 2023:281–292.

Abstract

While David is frequently held up as the standard for great kings in the Old Testament, examination of Nephi’s writings shows that he sought to imitate Moses the prophet rather than David the king. In fact, he never even mentions David. Relative to two major theological movements in Jerusalem in his day, “Zion theology,” in which David was the great hero, and “Deuteronomistic theology,” in which Moses was the hero, we see that Nephi was more aligned with Deuteronomistic theology, which was also more consistent with views in the Northern Kingdom, where Nephi’s ancestry originated.

Kingship
Prophet
King David
Nephi (Son of Lehi)
Zion Theology
Moses (Prophet)
Kingdom of Israel

© 2024 Scripture Central: A Non-Profit Organization. All rights reserved. Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 20-5294264