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KnoWhy #206 - What Makes 3 Nephi the Holy of Holies of the Book of Mormon? (3 Nephi 14:13–14; Matthew 7:13–14)
TitleKnoWhy #206 - What Makes 3 Nephi the Holy of Holies of the Book of Mormon? (3 Nephi 14:13–14; Matthew 7:13–14)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsBountiful (Polity); Holy of Holies; Mountain; Sermon on the Mount; Temple
Abstract

At the pinnacle of the history recorded in the Book of Mormon readers find in 3 Nephi the story of the resurrected Jesus Christ who descended from heaven to teach the people at the temple in Bountiful. The magnitude and sacred content of 3 Nephi 11–26 has brought BYU Professor John W. Welch to call it the “holy of holies” of the Book of Mormon. A careful analysis of the text reveals that it can be seen as a literary counterpart to the physical holy of holies of the ancient temple. The book depicts a temple setting where Jesus Christ descended from heaven to the temple in the Nephite city of Bountiful (see 3 Nephi 11). With the people gathered around, Christ taught them from that sacred edifice. His words were replete with temple-related terms and imagery, although these are not often noticed.

URLhttps://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/what-makes-3-nephi-the-holy-of-holies-of-the-book-of-mormon
Citation Key2416

Scripture Reference

3 Nephi 14:13-14
Matthew 7:13-14

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