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Understanding the Abrahamic Covenant through the Book of Mormon

TitleUnderstanding the Abrahamic Covenant through the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsReynolds, Noel B.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsAbraham (Prophet); Abrahamic Covenant; Covenant; Salvation

The revival of scholarly interest in Abraham in recent decades provides a timely opportunity to explore the contemporary findings of biblical scholars from a Latter-day Saint perspective. This review leads to an in-depth exploration of how the Lord’s covenants with Abraham were understood by the Nephite prophets in the Book of Mormon, how their perspectives compare with contemporary biblical scholarship, and how the Nephite perspective may modify or expand standard Latter-day Saint approaches to understanding the Abrahamic covenant. This article identifies three interrelated streams of covenant discourse in the Book of Mormon—each defined by its respective focus on the (1) Lehite covenant, (2) Abrahamic covenant, or (3) gospel covenant. Though these three streams of covenant discourse are closely related, each is distinct in purpose. Nephite prophets integrated these three in unique ways to develop one larger understanding of God’s use of covenants to bring salvation to the world.