Nephite Insights into Israelite Worship Practices before the Babylonian Captivity

Title

Nephite Insights into Israelite Worship Practices before the Babylonian Captivity

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2013

Authors

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

155-195

Volume

3

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Thompson, A. Keith. "Nephite Insights into Israelite Worship Practices before the Babylonian Captivity" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 3. 2013:155-195.

Abstract

General historical consensus holds that synagogues originated before the destruction of the Second Temple in AD 70, and therefore probably originated during the Babylonian captivity. The suggestion in Philo and Josephus that synagogues may have originated during the exodus was discredited by some historians in the 17th century, yet the Book of Mormon speaks of synagogues, sanctuaries, and places of worship in a manner which suggests that Lehi and his party brought some form of synagogal worship with them when they left Jerusalem around 600 BC. This essay revisits the most up to date scholarship regarding the origin of the synagogue and suggests that the Book of Mormon record provides ample reason to look for the origins of the synagogue much earlier that has become the academic custom.

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