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KnoWhy #14 - What was the Great and Terrible Gulf in Lehi’s Dream? (1 Nephi 12:18)
TitleKnoWhy #14 - What was the Great and Terrible Gulf in Lehi’s Dream? (1 Nephi 12:18)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsArabia; Dream; Imagery; Lehi (Prophet); Symbolism; Vision
Abstract

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.

URLhttp://www.knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/what-was-great-and-terrible-gulf-lehi%E2%80%99s-dream
Citation Key1128

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Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 12:18

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