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|Title||KnoWhy #436 - How the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament Help Us Understand What it Means to be Redeemed (2 Nephi 2:3)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ancient Near East; Family; Redeemer; Redemption; Ruth (Old Testament)|
One of the keys to understanding redemption in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon is the ancient Israelite idea that we are all in a kinship relationship with God. One of the most important function of kin was buying back a family’s land or even family members that had been sold. These kinship duties were also extended to those outside the tribe through covenants. This Israelite idea that covenants could establish a family-like relationship between people who were not biologically related was also extended to God. Ancient Israelites, and the Nephites, expected God to respond to their prayers because they were kin.
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