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|Title||KnoWhy #316 - Why Did Nephi Say Serpents Could Fly? (1 Nephi 17:41)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ancient Near East; Fiery Flying Serpent; Imagery; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Old Testament; Seraphim; Serpent|
In the Book of Mormon, Nephi tells the biblical story of the "fiery serpents", but adds an interesting detail: they were "flying fiery serpents." Artifacts found in Jerusalem dated to the 8th-7th century BC depict winged-serpents which scholars believe represent the "fiery serpents" mentioned in the bible. This would explain why Nephi would add "flying" to the attributes of the fiery serpents.
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