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Lesson 8-1: The Ways of Life and Death: Jacob's Explanation

TitleLesson 8-1: The Ways of Life and Death: Jacob's Explanation
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsJacob (Son of Lehi); Opposition; Two Ways

In the blessing he received from his father Lehi, Jacob was told that “there is an opposition in all things” (2 Nephi 2:11). Characteristic of his writing style, Jacob’s exposition in 2 Nephi 9 of the ways of life and death is an extensive meditation on how our desires ultimately lead us to either spiritual life or death. As this chart shows, Jacob focuses on the inward state of the souls who choose either of these divergent paths. Jacob presents as options only paradise and endless torment as places where a soul may go after final judgment.

Originally published as Chart 5-68 in Welch, John W. and Greg Welch. The Ways of Life and Death: Jacob's Explanation. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.


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