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KnoWhy #440 - Did Prophets Such as Ezekiel Know the Writings of Zenos? (Jacob 5:24)
|Title||KnoWhy #440 - Did Prophets Such as Ezekiel Know the Writings of Zenos? (Jacob 5:24)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ezekiel (Prophet); Intertextuality; Prophet; Zenos (Prophet)|
The Old Testament-era prophet Zenos had considerable influence on the prophet-authors of the Book of Mormon. The Nephites were familiar with Zenos because his writings appeared on the Plates of Brass, although they are not contained in the Old Testament as we have it. Despite the fact that Zenos is not mentioned in the Bible, there is some evidence that Old Testament authors may have known his writings. Zenos’s Allegory of the Olive Tree, which is laid out in its entirety in Jacob 5 in the Book of Mormon, may have been an influence on several Old Testament authors for centuries, including the prophet Ezekiel.
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