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KnoWhy #375 - Why Did Nephi Connect Isaiah’s Prophecies with Joseph Who Was Sold into Egypt? (2 Nephi 25:17)
TitleKnoWhy #375 - Why Did Nephi Connect Isaiah’s Prophecies with Joseph Who Was Sold into Egypt? (2 Nephi 25:17)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2017
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsHebrew; Isaiah; Joseph of Egypt; Literature; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Prophecy
Abstract

Joseph who was sold into Egypt prophesied that a future prophet, called after his own name, would bring about a restoration of his people. On several occasions, it seems that Nephi combined Isaiah passages about the restoration in a way that would intentionally highlight their connection to Joseph’s prophecy. Nephi accomplished this through the use of a Hebrew wordplay (like a pun) which used verbs that sound like the name Joseph. Not only would such a wordplay have been beyond Joseph Smith’s literary ability in 1829, but its fundamental message strongly confirms that he is truly the promised prophet of the Restoration.

URLhttps://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/why-did-nephi-connect-isaiah%E2%80%99s-prophecies-with-joseph-who-was-sold-into-egypt
Citation Key3547

Scripture Reference

2 Nephi 25:17

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