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KnoWhy #31 - Did Ancient Israelites Build Temples Outside of Jerusalem? (2 Nephi 5:16)
TitleKnoWhy #31 - Did Ancient Israelites Build Temples Outside of Jerusalem? (2 Nephi 5:16)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsArchaeology; Elephantine; Israelite; Jerusalem (Old World); Law; Temple; Worship
Abstract

Why would Nephi build a temple outside of Jerusalem, and wouldn't this be a violation of Israelite religious practice? Readers of the Book of Mormon have asked themselves these and similar questions. Archaeological evidence uncovered after Joseph Smith's time indicates that ancient Israelites built temples outside of Jerusalem on a number of occasions, and therefore Nephi was not doing anything out of the norm when he built a temple in the New World.

URLhttp://www.knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/did-ancient-israelites-build-temples-outside-of-jerusalem
Citation Key1291

Scripture Reference

2 Nephi 5:16

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