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TitleCounting to Ten
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsWelch, John W.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination42-57, 113-114
KeywordsAncient Near East; Atonement; Consecration, Law of; Justice; Perfection; Reverence

The regular occurrence of things occurring ten times in the scriptures tends to relate to perfection, especially divine completion. Welch approaches this phenomenon through ten topics: perfection, worthiness, consecration, testing, justice, reverence, penitence, atonement, supplication, and ascension into the holy of holies or highest degree of heaven. The significance of the number ten in the ancient world relates to the tenfold occurrences in the Book of Mormon.