"'We have no knowledge of the location or condition of that part if the Ten Tribes who went into the north country.' But what if there was a divine poetry so universal in its application that it could be recognized and appreciated in every language. From our latter-day perspective we see that the covenants God made with Abraham extended not only to the Exodus but even thousands of years beyond, to the current gathering of Israel. . 113, 116, 140]. Proof of this is seen in the fact that they were a cohesive body that the Lord could visit in the meridian of time (3 Ne 17:4), that they had their own prophets who would record this visit and other prophecies (v. 12), and that they will return as a cohesive unit from the north to receive their temple blessings at the hands of the Ephraimites (DC 133:26-32). Although there were isolated attacks on its contents, its supreme authority in the United States was generally well-accepted. 2 Nephi 29:3 reads, "And because my words shall hiss forth--many of the, shall say: A Bible! It required a divine power to work out these grand results. 33-45]. That is the true meaning of the words. Nor do we presently possess another important prophecy concerning the Son of God. For centuries they were persecuted as prophesied, thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway...thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee (Deut 28:33,37). The Bible tells us that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob received personal visitations from God. Nibley’s Commentary On The Book of Mormon Sharman Bookwalter Hummel, Editor Selections from all Four Volumes Teachings of the Book of Mormon by Hugh W. Nibley ... Lecture 22 2 Nephi 29-31 . It read first, 'The head one of the Gods brought forth the Gods.' But great are the promises of the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the sea; wherefore as it says isles, there must needs be more than this (2 Ne 10:20-1). For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over. The purpose of the Law of Moses was to teach and testify of Christ. Copyright © 2020 Alan C. Miner. Nephi frequently borrowed the language of Isaiah 29 to describe his own visions and prophecies about the latter-days. . He continues, "Scribes sometimes changed their manuscripts to render them more patently orthodox [i.e. It was the Hebrew and Jerome's and Luther's bible [that influenced the King James]. . Or has he withheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them? (2 Nephi 29:6). The Book of Mormon itself provides the answer--"For, behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious; and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwindle in unbelief, and also the seed of thy brethren, behold, these things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb" (1 Nephi 13:35). In English "you" rhymes with "blue," but in Spanish "tambien" does not rhyme with "azules." If "plain and precious parts" were taken away from the Bible, then where are we to turn for truth after these deliberate corruptions of scripture? It is contrary to all human experience outside of this Church, to see people dwelling together as the Latter-day Saints have done and do in these valleys. 2 Nephi 29:3 A Bible! E Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. . It was indeed the Jews who produced the Bible but the Gentiles, historically, had treated the Jews with disdain. 202-3). It also explains why the sound of some spiritual writing is considered beautiful beyond expression to one people but uninspiring to some others. Clearly the warnings in Revelations and Deuteronomy apply only to mankind, and not to God. "...To claim for the Bible what it does not claim for itself is to misuse the Bible. have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? . 2 Nephi 15. This was known to Cyrus by his reading the book which Isaiah left behind him of his prophecies, for this prophet said that God had spoken thus to him in a secret vision: "My will is, that Cyrus whom I have appointed to be king over many and great nations, send back my people to their own land, and build my temple." Its presence, therefore in chapter 29 of 2 Nephi (the only place the word "bible" is mentioned in the Book of Mormon) is regarded as an anachronism by critics of the Book of Mormon. "Thus it is written, that Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead" (Luke 24:46, emphasis added). No, certainly not. . The current state of wickedness in the world clearly demonstrates that the Lord is not yet finished with his work. No, certainly not. They have virtually replaced God with the Bible--a god composed of wood pulp and ink--covered with black cowhide leather, and pages that are lined with Gold--set high upon the podium before the people, where all can both see and worship! Many of those who killed and persecuted the Jews at this time were staunch believers in the Bible. This printable kit will help you study and teach about Jacob's sermons in 2 Nephi 6-10. 2 Nephi 29:13 The Words of the Nephites . Nephi continues the narrative of 2 Nephi by recording the death of his father, Lehi. One historian studied seventy-five hundred "eternal" treaties that were signed between 1500 B.C. All down through the ages this law has been a fixed and definite one. He notes that there are 5,366 copies of the original New Testament texts that have survived over time. : In 2 Nephi 29, a statement is made concerning the origin of the Bible: Have ye obtained a bible save it were by the Jews?" . 2 Nephi 29:3 Many Shall Say in That Day: A Bible! This is their proof that the heavens closed after the Bible was written. Most of the time when the scriptures speak of the ensign lifted up in the last days, it refers to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am God, and . As Brookbank explained it, "when more than one was to share in a thought, or sentiment, the plural was sometimes used to show that the single individual chiefly in mind was not the only one to whom it was applicable, and, conversely, when more than one was to be included, the singular could be substituted for the plural to show, among other things, that those to whom the thought or command, etc., was directed were not viewed collectively only, but as individuals also, who separately composed the mass." . Thou Fool, That Shall Say: A Bible! . Most missionaries who have served in a Christian country have heard this argument from someone. Finally, in verse 6, the Lord says, ", obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? [Kevin L. Barney, "Enallage in the Book of Mormon," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, F.A.R.M.S., Spring 1994, pp. have been led along the upward path; a few in all countries and generations have been wisdom seekers, or seekers of God. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 348). These three records are to be shared by each group so that each will eventually have the records of the others. Man in no instance, in and of himself, has ever been able to accomplish anything comparable with it. In the Book of Mormon the Lord lays out the fallacy of such an idea. For personal and/or family study of the scriptures, geared towards 8 years old and older. I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever. III, pp. . When Joseph Smith altered passages of the book of Revelation in the Joseph Smith Translation, it was to restore those plain and precious things that were lost. During the reformation Bible translators did not understand or recognize this poetic form and in many instances selected words and sentence structures in a way that much of the parallel nature of the phrasing was covered over. . [Matthew B. I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea, I bring forth my word unto...all the nations of the earth, the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel...and they shall write it. eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word" had "taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us" (Luke 1:1, emphasis added). . In doing so, he was not quoting from Isaiah but This tenet holds that the Bible must be 'completely authoritative and trustworthy in all that it asserts as factual, whether in matters of theology, history, or science.' How truly did the Book of Mormon prophesy of them--"A Bible! . In addition to these lost books of scripture, there is presently no biblical text that records the prophecy that Jesus Christ would be "called a Nazarene" (Matthew 2:23). On one occasion I got talking to a Baptist who was attending Bible school in preparation for the ministry. [Amy Blake Hardison, "Being a Covenant People," in, Covenants Prophecies and Hymns of the Old Testament. He will not destroy a people for wickedness until they have been adequately warned. they knew God personally, for they had seen Him face to face. [Roy E. Weldon, The Book of Mormon Text Reformatted according to Parallelistic Patterns. . . His answer was that "Mormons do not believe in the right theological Jesus--they are polytheists and no polytheist can be saved!" However, according to Roy Weldon, we should note that the word "Bible" is in a prophecy by Nephi about what would happen when the Nephite record should come forth in the nineteenth century. It is apparent from the scriptures that many of these lost Israelites were scattered all over the earth. (D. & C. . Book of Mormon Commentary 2 Nephi 26 Page 3 of 9 2 Nephi 26:13 In the Lectures on Faith the Prophet Joseph Smith explains “that three things are necessary in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation” (3:2). When he started talking about Salvation by Grace, insisting as they generally do, that works are not a necessary factor in the Plan of Salvation, I asked him--inasmuch as the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have confessed Jesus--why is it that you would deny them Salvation? He continues all the way through to Isaiah 29:24, but with a lot of other text in between. "Strikingly, with the exception of the smallest fragments, no two of these copies are exactly alike in all their particulars. 2 Nephi 16. [Donald W. Parry, The Book of Mormon Text Reformatted according to Parallelistic Patterns, p. 108]. Indeed, the Prophet Joseph Smith would declare in 1832 that "From sundry revelations which have been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled" (, , 1:245). 2 Nephi 11. (Compendium, p. "Many ancient prophecies foretold that in the last days the Lord would set up an ensign to the nations, a standard to which Israel and the righteous of all nations might gather. Basically chapter 27 is Nephi's quoting of the Isaiah materials found in the King James Version in Isaiah 29:6-24. By these three records, the law of witnesses will be honored and the word of God established. Thus, we see that the Gentiles should have been thankful to the Jews, they should have been seeking to reestablish them in the lands of their inheritance, and they should have been treating them as the Lord's covenant people. (McConkie and Millet, Sustaining and Defending the Faith, pp. An old Jew without any authority added the word; he thought it too bad to begin to talk about the head! He will not hold us responsible for rejecting his law unless we have been sufficiently taught his law. . ", "Well," he said, rather chagrined, "because today we have the Bible, but the Patriarchs did not!". Hugh Nibley takes the interpretation even one step further: "These words are those of the prophet Nephi, found in the Book of Mormon, a book which in many such passages opens a window on other worlds. For the first time, that location—its peoples, cultures, and historical trends—are used as the backdrop for reading the text. This branch of Israel is by far the largest, at least by the number of involved tribes. 22:18-19: 'For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.'. What is incredible is that the "Christians" . 110:11.) A Bible! He gave us the Latin vulgate, the standard Roman Catholic Bible. . and found that in reality the treaties lasted an average of only two years. [Roy E. Weldon, Book of Mormon Deeps, Vol. Keys are the right of presidency, the power to direct; and by this power the Lost Tribes will return, with "their prophets" and their scriptures to "be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim." Thus the head God brought forth the Gods in the grand council. The doctrine that the Bible is all of God's word falsely implies that God can no longer speak to man, that He no longer has the ability or the intent to communicate with his children, that his work is finished. God raises up wise men . Jerome lived fifteen years in Bethlehem. It will tell us, when it is received, about the Savior's visit to the ten tribes after his appearance to the Nephites. . A Bible! A 1 2. We Have Got a Bible and There Cannot Be Any More Bible: Richardson, Richardson and Bentley write that for evidence to their unfounded objection to additional scripture, critics often cite Revelations 22:18-19, which forbids, from adding to or taking "away from the words of the book of, prophecy," and accuse Joseph Smith of doing just that. Chapter 29 is also a prophetic chapter concerning the Book of Mormon. In the Book of Mormon the Lord lays out the fallacy of such an idea. The "lost" books of the Bible include: In addition to these lost books of scripture, there is presently no biblical text that records the prophecy that Jesus Christ would be "called a Nazarene" (Matthew 2:23). Rosh--the head. 2 Nephi 2. . Elder Maxwell explains what the third witness is. And Because That I Have Spoken One Word, Ye Need Not Suppose That I Cannot Speak Another: His answer was that "Mormons do not believe in the right theological Jesus--they are. signifies to bring forth. In 2 Nephi 27:13-14, the Lord showed that there are to be three major written testimonies of Christ to come forth: (1) the Bible (of the Jews), (2) the Book of Mormon (of the Nephites), and (3) the records of the lost tribes of Israel, which we do not yet have. Apparently, he understands that we learn through repetition. Add Bookmark. It is in this context only that the passage above can be construed to refer to the entire Bible. . 2 Nephi 9. Yet the Lord told Malachi, I am the Lord, I change not (Mal 3:6). B But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; C and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. First, Nephi does not keep the verses in the same order as the King James Version (KJV). This represents the fifth time that Nephi has mentioned this doctrine. Human power could not have done what has been done among the Latter-day Saints. It is our modern counterpart to those of Jesus' day who rejected him in the pretense of being loyal to the Law of Moses, the irony being that loyalty to the Law of Moses demanded acceptance of Jesus as the Christ. [Robert J. Matthews, "Two Ways in the World," in, I Am God, and . A Bible! He declared, "I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers. Clearly the warnings in Revelations and Deuteronomy apply only to mankind, and not to God. [Matthew B. The doctrine that the Lord speaks to all nations is repeated three times in this chapter. . February 10-16 2 Nephi 6-10 Study and Teaching Helps for all ages. (Mormon Doctrine, p. 228). When the inspired man wrote it, he did not put the baith there. Elder B. H. Roberts explains: "Elder B. H. Roberts offered the following counsel on this principle: While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is established for the instruction of men; and is one of God's instrumentalities for making known the truth, yet he is not limited to that institution for such purposes, neither in time nor place. 1, p. 347). [Amy Blake Hardison, "Being a Covenant People," in Covenants Prophecies and Hymns of the Old Testament, p. 26]. . F have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Denver: Contemplating Nephi’s words, and your commentary, I rejoice in the hope of salvation taught therein. . And from Hebrews, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Heb 13:8). I Nephi - Moroni. I covenanted with Abraham that, According to Amy Hardison, in most covenant treaties of the past, the suzerain (or lord) stated that the covenant was to remain effective forever. Note how the writer first mentions the Jews, one of the twelve tribes. 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