“I Will Contend with Them That Contendeth with Thee”: The Divine Warrior in Jacob’s Speech of 2 Nephi 6–10


Title“I Will Contend with Them That Contendeth with Thee”: The Divine Warrior in Jacob’s Speech of 2 Nephi 6–10
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBelnap, Daniel
JournalJournal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture
Volume17
Issue1-2
Pagination20-39
Keywords2 Nephi 10; 2 Nephi 6; 2 Nephi 7; 2 Nephi 8; 2 Nephi 9; Death; Divine Warrior; Jacob; Land of Inheritance; Monster; Nephite; Promise
Abstract

At the time Jacob gave his speech in 2 Nephi 6–10, the Nephites had already been driven from two lands of inheritance and felt an ongoing concern of being cut off from God’s promises. Belnap illustrates that Jacob’s speech answers these concerns through emphasizing and expounding on the covenantal relationship made possible by God acting as the Divine Warrior. Jacob quotes Isaiah passages in his discourse and in some instances makes his own additions to emphasize important aspects. He illustrates how the Divine Warrior provides the hardships, knowledge, and power for an individual to become a divine warrior, and he discusses the Divine Warrior’s defeat over the monster of Death. The promises made by the Divine Warrior can provide hope and assurance to all.

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/17/1/S00005-5023d9e5ebe032Warrior-Bel.pdf