Types of Literature in the Book of Mormon: "The American Gospel"

Title

Types of Literature in the Book of Mormon: "The American Gospel"

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1995

Authors

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

48-68

Volume

4

Issue

1

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Sperry, Sidney B. "Types of Literature in the Book of Mormon: "The American Gospel"" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 4. 1995:48-68.

Abstract

The American Gospel, found in 3 Nephi, differs from the Gospels of the New Testament in that Jesus is teaching as a resurrected, glorified, and exalted person. It includes details of the cataclysmic events at the time of the crucifixion and of the multiple appearances of the Savior to the Nephites. Jesus delivers sermons to the Nephites in general and also to the Nephite twelve. He heals the sick and institutes the sacrament. The depiction of prayer is perhaps the most powerful in all scripture. The Savior quotes the prophecies of Isaiah and Micah with regard to the New Jerusalem and the Gentiles. He emphasizes the importance of record-keeping for the Church, which should be called in his name.

3 Nephi
Temple
Prophecy
Prayer
Jesus Christ
Gospel
Ministry

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