Ancient Israelite Religion
Book of Mormon Central composition of The Tree of Life by Krista Maureen Jones and El sueño by Jorge Cocco
KnoWhy #325
"And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies."
1 Nephi 8:8
The Holy of Holies, illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible
KnoWhy #206
"Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it "
3 Nephi 14:13-14
The ruins of an ancient synagogue in Capernaum from the 4th century A.D. Image via Wikimeida Commons.
KnoWhy #124
“And Alma and Amulek went forth preaching repentance to the people in their temples, and in their sanctuaries, and also in their synagogues, which were built after the manner of the Jews.”
Alma 16:13
Ancient Maya Temple. Adobe Stock.
KnoWhy #112
And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith …?
Alma 5:14-15
Courageous Nephite Daughters. Painting by James Fullmer.
KnoWhy #110
“And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people, that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction.”.
Alma 3:8
The priesthood is an integal part of Nephite life even though Lehi and his sons were not Levites. Image by Minerva Teichert
KnoWhy #101
"And it came to pass that none received authority to preach or to teach except it were by him from God. Therefore [Alma] consecrated all their priests and all their teachers; and none were consecrated except they were just men."
Mosiah 23:17
Abinadi testifying before King Noah by Jeremy Winborg
KnoWhy #90
“His face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’ did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord”
Mosiah 13:5
The Spectacles or Interpreters by Anthony Sweat
KnoWhy #86
“A seer is greater than a prophet.”
Mosiah 8:15
Image of King Benjamin's Speech by Walter Rane via lds.org
KnoWhy #80
“And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them”
Mosiah 2:6
Jacob and the Psalms. Image via Book of Mormon Central, featuring I Will Send Their Words Forth by Elspeth Young
KnoWhy #62
"Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest, lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, as in the provocation in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the wilderness."
Jacob 1:7; cf. Psalm 95:8

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