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KnoWhy #411 - Why Was the Sword of Laban So Important to Nephite Leaders? (Words Of Mormon 1:13)
TitleKnoWhy #411 - Why Was the Sword of Laban So Important to Nephite Leaders? (Words Of Mormon 1:13)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2018
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsKingship; Laban; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Nephite; Sword of Laban; Symbolism; Three Witnesses
Abstract

From the time that Nephi drew Laban’s sword from its sheath and slew him with it, the weapon held special significance for the Nephite nation. Several studies have shown that Nephi intentionally connected his slaying of Laban with David’s slaying of Goliath, and that in both cases, the event signified the young hero’s foreordained kingship. The symbolic importance of Laban’s sword helps explain why the Nephite prophets revered it and also why it was included as one of the Nephite relics shown to the Three Witnesses.

URLhttps://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/why-was-the-sword-of-laban-so-important-to-nephite-leaders
Citation Key3766

Scripture Reference

Words of Mormon 1:13

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