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KnoWhy #237 - Why Did Moroni Use Temple Imagery While Telling the Brother of Jared Story? (Ether 3:20)
|Title||KnoWhy #237 - Why Did Moroni Use Temple Imagery While Telling the Brother of Jared Story? (Ether 3:20)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||16 Shining Stones; Brother of Jared; Clothing; Imagery; Jesus Christ; Kingship; Moroni; Premortal Life; Priest; Priestly Vestments; Prophet; Revelation; Temple; Veil|
The account of the brother of Jared seeing the finger, and then the spirit body, of the premortal Jesus Christ, is well known to readers of the Book of Mormon. What may sometimes go unnoticed is the extensive use of temple imagery throughout this visionary account in Ether 3. Moroni described the event in language that recalls the revelatory experiences of other prophets, such as Moses and Isaiah, and also that of the high priests who officiated in the ancient Israelite temple. This language indicates that Moroni likely viewed the brother of Jared’s experience as parallel to the temple worship that would be performed among the Israelites and Nephites.
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