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KnoWhy #14 - What was the Great and Terrible Gulf in Lehi’s Dream? (1 Nephi 12:18)
|KnoWhy #14 - What was the Great and Terrible Gulf in Lehi’s Dream? (1 Nephi 12:18)
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|Book of Mormon Central Staff
|Book of Mormon Central
|Arabia; Dream; Imagery; Lehi (Prophet); Symbolism; Vision
Lehi’s dream is filled with highly symbolic images. One of these is the river of filthy water, which formed a terrible gulf dividing the wicked from the righteous. In Arabia, wadis (valleys or canyons) create gulfs through which muddy torrents of water flow after the rainy season. This provides a background through which we can better understand the powerful imagery of Lehi’s dream and the impression it would have made on Lehi and his family.
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