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|Title||The Divine Council in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Smoot, Stephen O.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Ancient Near East; Divine Council; Hebrew Bible; Kingship; Lehi (Prophet); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Old Testament; Theophany; Vision|
The Book of Mormon purports to be a record that originates from the ancient Near East. The authors of the book claim an Israelite heritage, and throughout the pages of the text can be seen echoes of Israelite religious practice and ideology. An example of such can be seen in how the Book of Mormon depicts God’s divine council, a concept unmistakably found in the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament). Recognizing the divine council in both the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon may help us appreciate a more nuanced understanding of such theological terms as “monotheism” as well as bolster confidence in the antiquity of the Nephite record.
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