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TitleReclaiming Jacob
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBoyce, Duane
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Type of ArticleBook Review
KeywordsJacob (Son of Lehi); Narrative; Prophet; Sherem

A chapter of Adam Miller’s Future Mormon concerns Jacob’s encounter with Sherem in Jacob 7. While novel, Miller’s treatment of Jacob and Sherem appears inadequate. He overlooks features of the text that seem to subvert his unconventional conclusions about them. This essay identifies a number of such matters, falling in four major categories, and shares thoughts on the need for perspective when discussing Jacob’s conduct — or the conduct of any prophet, for that matter. It also highlights the jeopardy we face of being the second group to fall for Sherem’s lies.


Scripture Reference

Jacob 7:1-27