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Deuteronomy 17:14–20 as Criteria for Book of Mormon Kingship

TitleDeuteronomy 17:14–20 as Criteria for Book of Mormon Kingship
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHalverson, Taylor
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsKing Benjamin; King Mosiah; King Noah; Kingship; Nephi (Son of Lehi)

Deuteronomy 17:14–20 represents the most succinct summation in the Bible of criteria for kingship. Remarkably, the Book of Mormon narrative depicts examples of kingship that demonstrate close fidelity to the pattern set forth in Deuteronomy 17 (e.g., Nephi, Benjamin, or Mosiah II) or the inversion of the expected pattern of kingship (e.g., king Noah). Future research on Book of Mormon kingship through the lens of Deuteronomy 17:14–20 should prove fruitful.


Scripture Reference

Deuteronomy 17:14-20