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KnoWhy #316 - Why Did Nephi Say Serpents Could Fly? (1 Nephi 17:41)
|KnoWhy #316 - Why Did Nephi Say Serpents Could Fly? (1 Nephi 17:41)
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|Book of Mormon Central Staff
|Book of Mormon Central
|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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