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2 Nephi 9: Delight in Fatness

2 Nephi 9 tweet: Atonement delivers us from the monster. Man is vain, frail, foolish. Woe x10. Knock and He will open. Buy wine, milk w/out money. Rejoice!   Continue reading “2 Nephi 9: Delight in Fatness”

2 Nephi 9: O!

2 Nephi 9 is one of the most important chapters in the Book of Mormon concerning the doctrine of the Atonement of Christ. The chapter itself is long and there is a lot to work through – the context of the preceding Isaiah chapters, how it draws on other familiar imagery, the situation of the twice-exiled Nephites, just to name a few things to consider. As always, I don’t have the time or word count to really do the chapter justice, so rather than try and cram it all into one post, in this post I’ll cover the first half of the chapter with its focus on a doctrine of the flesh and Christ’s Atonement, and in the next post I’ll look at the second half of the chapter and its warnings against the wisdom of the world. Continue reading “2 Nephi 9: O!”

2 Nephi 6–8: Approaching Zion

2 Nephi 6 tweet: J reads Isa. Gentile (Pearly?) kings & queens will nurse Israel. Gentiles who dont fight Zion r also saved. God will fight for Israel.

2 Nephi 7 tweet: Has God sold Israel? Israel sold themselves but for a price God has bought Israel again. Walk in your own light, lie down in sorrow.

2 Nephi 8 tweet: God will comfort Zion. Israel pleads for God to awake and redeem them again. In turn God tells Zion to awake, put on strength & b free. Continue reading “2 Nephi 6–8: Approaching Zion”

2 Nephi 5: The Black Robes of a False Priesthood

2 Nephi 5 tweet: L&L plan to kill N. N takes Z + S + J&J + sisters (who knew?) and flees. N-ites prosper & build temple. L-ites cursed. J&J consecrated. Continue reading “2 Nephi 5: The Black Robes of a False Priesthood”

2 Nephi 4: Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad*

2 Nephi 4 tweet: L blesses L&L’s children. L&L R angry w/ N. N is conflicted and he sorrows. He recognises God’s mercy, prays and praises Him. Continue reading “2 Nephi 4: Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad*”

2 Nephi 3: Colonel Mustard

2 Nephi 3 tweet: L speaks 2 J. L from JofE. JofE prophesied of JS. JS will be like Moses & deliver Israel. JS to bring 4th BoM as a cry from the dust. Continue reading “2 Nephi 3: Colonel Mustard”

2 Nephi 2: East of Eden

2 Nephi 2 tweet: By law men R cut off. Needs 2B opposition in all things–man enticed but told dont partake. Adam fell, Messiah redeems, so men R free 2 act. Continue reading “2 Nephi 2: East of Eden”

2 Nephi 1: Wake Up Boo!

2 Nephi 1 tweet: Lh sees destruction of Jrsm. PL is inheritance for Lh seed. He tells L&L to wake up! Fix up, look sharp. He blesses L&L, S + Z. Continue reading “2 Nephi 1: Wake Up Boo!”

1 Nephi 21–22: The Isaiah Remix

1 Nephi 21 tweet: God speaks to scattered HoI. He will be a light to Gs. Rejoice, God will not forget HoI. He will set up standard & Gs will carry HoI home.

1 Nephi 22 tweet: N interprets Isa 4 L&L. HoI will be scattered. God will make known His covenants 2 Gs + HoI. GaAC will fall. Prophet will rise & gather HoI. Continue reading “1 Nephi 21–22: The Isaiah Remix”

1 Nephi 20: Furnace of Affliction

1 Nephi 20 tweet: Israel swears falsely but is refined + chosen. Righteousness = seed as sand. Jacob 2 leave Babylon and declare he is redeemed of the Lord. Continue reading “1 Nephi 20: Furnace of Affliction”

Still Lost in Translation

This post is longer than I anticipated, but along with the previous post it lays important groundwork for understanding how to handle difficult issues regarding the Book of Mormon text as they crop up from time to time. So I think it’s worth the work now. Continue reading “Still Lost in Translation”

Lost in Translation

Before I actually get to the text of 1 Nephi 20/Isaiah 48, I’m going to pause in a Words-of-Mormon-style interlude and address the potentially thorny issue of translation. Perhaps I should have done this at the beginning, but it’s the challenge of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, particularly “Deutero-Isaiah”, that means now seems like a good time to think about how the Book of Mormon authors used Isaiah and what role Joseph Smith played in the translation. Continue reading “Lost in Translation”

1 Nephi 19: Wise Purposes

1 Nephi 19 tweet: N makes 2 sets of plates. Prophets testify of Christ + scattering/gathering of Israel. N likens all scriptures to his family. Continue reading “1 Nephi 19: Wise Purposes”

1 Nephi 19: Little and Large

In chapter 19, Nephi breaks from the family history narrative to detail the purposes of the two sets of plates he made. In this post I’ll focus in particular on the first six verses. Essentially, this post will be an extended idea of Joseph Spencer as outlined in his book, An Other Testament.1 I will quote and summarise extensively from his book, the reason being that it is important to properly understand his idea in order to make sense of arguments he will later make about the significance of the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi. Additionally, Spencer’s thoughts about what Nephi writes in 1 Nephi 19:1–6 are central to his suggested structure of 1 and 2 Nephi as outlined here. Continue reading “1 Nephi 19: Little and Large”

1 Nephi 18: Land Ahoy!

1 Nephi 18 tweet: On the ship 2 PL, rude boys tie up N. They R driven back 4 days. N loosed and they arrive at PL. Seeds planted; animals + Au, Ag, Cu found. Continue reading “1 Nephi 18: Land Ahoy!”

1 Nephi 17: We Know

1 Nephi 17 tweet: Arrival at Bountiful. N told 2 build a ship. L&L laugh. N reminds L&L about Israel and rebukes them. N shocks L&L and they cannot touch him. Continue reading “1 Nephi 17: We Know”

1 Nephi 17: Try a Little Tenderness

I don’t get particularly animated about evidences for (or against) the Book of Mormon. But as there has been quite a bit written about the possible locations of Nahom and Bountiful in the Arabian Peninsula I thought I would at least make a passing reference to it. For those who enjoy this kind of thing, I’ve found Jeff Lindsay provides a pretty reasonable approach to questions about Book of Mormon evidences and authenticity. He’s made a lot of his apologetic work freely available, including an introduction to several of the most up to date resources re. Nahom and Bountiful. For good measure, the FAIR guys also have pages on Nahom and Bountiful that include a couple of short videos that are worth watching if you have a spare couple of minutes. Additionally, the suggested site of the ancient Bountiful has garnered more interest recently following permission by the Omani government to do archaeological research there and the discovery of a proposed ancient sanctuary.      Continue reading “1 Nephi 17: Try a Little Tenderness”

1 Nephi 16: Of Curious Workmanship

1 Nephi 16 tweet: Lh sons marry Ih daughters. They find Liahona. N breaks bow, all murmur. N slays beasts, all humble. Ih dies at NHM. L&L want to kill Lh&N. Continue reading “1 Nephi 16: Of Curious Workmanship”

1 Nephi 15: Tree of Life Redux

1 Nephi 15 tweet: N grieves because of what he has seen. N teaches Lh’s seed will receive gospel from Gentiles in latter days. He interprets the ToL vision. Continue reading “1 Nephi 15: Tree of Life Redux”

1 Nephi 14: A Tale of Two Churches


1 Nephi 14 tweet:
Gentiles to be counted w/ Israel. 2 churches only: of the Lamb (few); of the devil (many). N sees John. John writes about end times. Continue reading “1 Nephi 14: A Tale of Two Churches”

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