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"Thou Knowest That I Believe": Invoking The Spirit of the Lord as Council Witness in 1 Nephi 11
|Title||"Thou Knowest That I Believe": Invoking The Spirit of the Lord as Council Witness in 1 Nephi 11|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Bokovoy, David E.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Divine Council; Holy Spirit; Spirit of the Lord|
The Book of Mormon features an esoteric exchange between the prophet Nephi and the Spirit of the Lord on an exceedingly high mountain. The following essay explores some of the ways in which an Israelite familiar with ancient religious experiences and scribal techniques might have interpreted this event. The analysis shows that Nephi’s conversation, as well as other similar accounts in the Book of Mormon, echoes an ancient temple motif. As part of this paradigm, the essay explores the manner in which the text depicts the Spirit of the Lord in a role associated with members of the divine council in both biblical and general Near Eastern conceptions.
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