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|Title||KnoWhy #67 - Is anything known of the prophet Zenos outside of the Book of Mormon? (Jacob 5:1)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Allegory of the Olive Tree; Brass Plates; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Joseph Smith; Olive Tree; Prophets; Zenos|
The Book of Mormon prophet Jacob cites the prophet Zenos as the source of the Allegory of the Olive Tree that he shares in Jacob 5. The quotations of Zenos’s prophecies throughout the Book of Mormon demonstrate that the writings of Zenos were popular among the Nephites. His words were likely present on the plates of brass, although they are not found in the Old Testament today. If the writings of Zenos were so influential, shouldn't we be able to find some evidence of their existence elsewhere? Hugh Nibley found some references in an ancient text to a great leader named Cenez and speculated that there may be a connection with Zenos. Although scholars have subsequently disagreed with these findings, there have been other theories suggested that argue for Zenos's possible influence on authors found in the Old Testament.
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