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Joseph Smith's Receipt of the Plates and the Israelite Feast of Trumpets
TitleJoseph Smith's Receipt of the Plates and the Israelite Feast of Trumpets
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsRead, Lenet Hadley
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume2
Issue2
Pagination110-120
KeywordsAncient Near East; Early Church History; Festival; Gold Plates; Israelite Feast of Trumpets; Joseph Smith; Plates; Prophecy; Translation
Abstract

Joseph Smith received the golden plates on the Israelite Day of Remembrance (or Rosh ha-Shanah). Biblical references and interpretation by Jewish sages through the centuries set this day as the day God would remember his covenants with Israel to bring them back from exile. Also called the Feast of Trumpets, on this day ritual trumpet blasts signify the issuance of revelation and a call for Israel to gather for God’s word of redemption. Set at the time of Israel’s final agricultural harvest, the day also symbolizes the Lord’s final harvest of souls. Furthermore, it initiates the completion of the Lord’s time periods, the Days of Awe, and signifies the last time to prepare for final judgment and the Messianic Age. The coming forth of the Book of Mormon is literally fulfilling such prophecies of the day.

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/2/2/S00008-50c75e1748ac18Hadley.pdf

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