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KnoWhy #53 - Why Would a Book be Sealed? (2 Nephi 27:10)

TitleKnoWhy #53 - Why Would a Book be Sealed? (2 Nephi 27:10)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAncient Near East; Legal; Sealed Book

Important documents in the ancient Near East underwent a method of preservation that included doubling, witnessing, and sealing for authentication. Typically doubled, witnessed, and sealed documents pertained to legal or contractural matters. The Book of Mormon underwent a similar process, grounding it in the world of ancient Israel. By understanding this phenomenon, modern readers can better under the care Book of Mormon editors put in to preserving the Nephite record.

Citation Key1496

Scripture Reference

2 Nephi 27:10