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|Title||KnoWhy #31 - Did Ancient Israelites Build Temples Outside of Jerusalem? (2 Nephi 5:16)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Archaeology; Elephantine; Israelite; Jerusalem (Old World); Law; Temple; Worship|
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.
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