The Throne-Theophany and Prophetic Commission in 1 Nephi: A Form Critical Analysis

Title

The Throne-Theophany and Prophetic Commission in 1 Nephi: A Form Critical Analysis

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1986

Authors

Journal

BYU Studies Quarterly

Pagination

67-95

Volume

26

Issue

4

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Bibliographic Citation

Ostler, Blake T. "The Throne-Theophany and Prophetic Commission in 1 Nephi: A Form Critical Analysis" In BYU Studies Quarterly, Vol. 26. 1986:67-95.

Abstract

The first chapter of the Book of Mormon, in the words of Hugh Nibley, "has the authenticity of a truly ancient pseudepigraphic writing stamped all over it. It is a well-nigh perfect example of the genre." Indeed, the first chapter of 1 Nephi conforms precisely to a literary pattern that form-critical studies have demonstrated to be the very essence of the prophetic commission in ancient Israel which "gives the individual's credentials as a prophet, messenger and ambassador of the heavenly council."

Theophany
Vision
Prophet

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