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|Title||Chapter 16: Jacob 5–7|
|Publication Type||Manual Lesson|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Corporate Authors||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Manual Title||Book of Mormon Student Manual|
|Publisher||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Place Published||Salt Lake City|
|Keywords||Allegory of the Olive Tree; Apostasy; Gathering of Israel; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Scattering of Israel; Sherem; Zenos|
Zenos’s allegory of the olive trees reveals God’s personal involvement in the history and destiny of the house of Israel (see Jacob 6:4). President Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972) encouraged us to ponder the depth of Jacob 5: “The parable of Zenos, recorded by Jacob in chapter five of his book, is one of the greatest parables ever recorded. This parable in and of itself stamps the Book of Mormon with convincing truth. No mortal man, without the inspiration of the Lord, could have written such a parable. It is a pity that too many of those who read the Book of Mormon pass over and slight the truths which it conveys in relation to the history, scattering, and final gathering of Israel” (Answers to Gospel Questions, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 5 vols. [1957–66], 4:141).
After recording the allegory, Jacob concluded his writings by relating Sherem’s attempts to lead the people away from Jesus Christ. Learning how Jacob exposed Sherem’s arguments as deceptions from the devil can help you fortify yourself against anti-Christs in our day (see Jacob 7:2–22).
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