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KnoWhy #411 - Why Was the Sword of Laban So Important to Nephite Leaders? (Words Of Mormon 1:13)
|KnoWhy #411 - Why Was the Sword of Laban So Important to Nephite Leaders? (Words Of Mormon 1:13)
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|Book of Mormon Central Staff
|Book of Mormon Central
|Kingship; Laban; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Nephite; Sword of Laban; Symbolism; Three Witnesses
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.
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