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The Divine Council in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon
TitleThe Divine Council in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSmoot, Stephen O.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume27
Pagination155-180
KeywordsAncient Near East; Divine Council; Hebrew Bible; Kingship; Lehi (Prophet); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Old Testament; Theophany; Vision
Abstract

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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