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KnoWhy #179 - Why Did Nephi Appeal to So Many Earlier Testimonies of Christ? (Helaman 8:22)
|Title||KnoWhy #179 - Why Did Nephi Appeal to So Many Earlier Testimonies of Christ? (Helaman 8:22)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Chief Judge; Laws; Legal; Nephi (Son of Helaman); Prophet; Zarahemla (Polity)|
When speaking out against the people of Zarahemla for their sins, Nephi symbolically brought them to trial. He called ancient prophets against them as witnesses to remind them that they had rejected the laws of God. This is an example of an ancient practice called a “prophetic lawsuit.” Even though, in this case, Nephi had to stand alone against the corruption that surrounded him, he used to scriptures to support him as he stood as a witness for Christ.
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