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Jacob Did Not Make a False Prediction

TitleJacob Did Not Make a False Prediction
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBoyce, Duane
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsJacob (Son of Lehi); Prophet; Sherem; Signs

The Neal A. Maxwell Institute recently published a volume on the encounter between Jacob and Sherem in Jacob 7. Adam Miller’s contribution to this book is a reiteration of views he published earlier in his own volume. One of Miller’s claims is that Jacob made a false prediction about the reaction Sherem would have to a sign if one were given him — an assertion that is already beginning to shape the conventional wisdom about this episode. This shaping is unfortunate, however, since the evidence indicates that this view of Jacob’s prediction is a mistake. Once we see this, it is easier to avoid other mistakes that seem evident in Miller’s approach.