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Monday, February 21 2011

Something Borrowed: Two Book of Mormon Lists

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But because the 1981 edition does not clearly demarcate all of the quoted biblical passages, most readers never realize that Christ quotes three passages from Micah in two different chapters. We can assume that Micah’s prophecies were on the Brass Plates since he was a contemporary of Isaiah, but it seems that the Nephites had not given his words much thought before Christ so emphatically brought them to their attention.

After two lists, we can end with two more questions. What is it about Micah 4-5 that made it so important for the Nephites at Christ’s coming, and for us as well (since Mormon selected those parts of Jesus’ discourse that would be the most helpful to his latter-day readers)? And are there passages in the scriptures that we have so far generally overlooked that Jesus might want to bring to our attention in helping us prepare for the challenges and opportunities our own times?

Grant Hardy is the editor of The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (University of Illinois Press, 2003) and the author of Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is a professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina—Asheville.

 

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