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Lehi’s Altar and Sacrifice in the Wilderness

TitleLehi’s Altar and Sacrifice in the Wilderness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsSeely, David Rolph
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination62-69, 80
KeywordsAltar; Law of Moses; Lehi (Prophet); Sacrifice; Temple; Wilderness

After the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi left Jerusalem with his family, he built an altar in the wilderness and offered a sacrifice to God. This practice appears to contradict biblical law as outlined in Deuteronomy 12, which states that sacrifices should be made only on an altar within a temple. However, David Rolph Seely provides three possible explanations as to why Lehi was not breaking the law of Moses.


Scripture Reference

Deuteronomy 12:5-6
Deuteronomy 12:10-11
Deuteronomy 12:13-14