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Josiah to Zoram to Sherem to Jarom and the Big Little Book of Omni
TitleJosiah to Zoram to Sherem to Jarom and the Big Little Book of Omni
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsLarsen, Val
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume44
Pagination217-264
KeywordsAmaleki (Son of Abinadom); Deuteronomists; Jacob (Son of Lehi); King Josiah; Lehi (Prophet); Recordkeeping; Sherem
Abstract

The first 450 years of Nephite history are dominated by two main threads: the ethno-political tension between Nephites and Lamanites and religious tension between adherents of rival theologies. These rival Nephite theologies are a Mantic theology that affirms the existence of Christ and a Sophic theology that denies Christ. The origin of both narrative threads lies in the Old World: the first in conflicts between Nephi and Laman, the second in Lehi’s rejection of King Josiah’s theological and political reforms. This article focuses on these interrelated conflicts. It suggests that Zoram, Laman, Lemuel, Sherem, and the Zeniffites were Deuteronomist followers of Josiah. The small plates give an account of how their Deuteronomist theology gradually supplanted the gospel of Christ. As the small plates close, their last author, Amaleki, artfully confronts his readers with a life-defining choice: having read the Book of Mormon thus far, will you remain, metaphorically, with the prophets in Zarahemla and embrace the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, or will you return to the land of Nephi and the theology you believed and the life you lived before you read the Book of Mormon?

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/josiah-to-zoram-to-sherem-to-jarom-and-the-big-little-book-of-omni/

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