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KnoWhy #70 - What are the Roots of Zenos’s Allegory in the Ancient World? (Jacob 5:3)
|Title||KnoWhy #70 - What are the Roots of Zenos’s Allegory in the Ancient World? (Jacob 5:3)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Allegory of the Olive Tree; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Olive Tree; Zenos (Prophet)|
Zenos's allegory of the olive tree as recorded in Jacob 5 has many unique features and characteristics. It also, however, shares many elements in common with imagery found in the Bible. In Romans 11, for instance, the apostle Paul utilized olive tree imagery in his teachings on salvation through Christ. Although it may be tempting to see this as the Book of Mormon simply lifting from the biblical sources, the issue is in fact much more complex.
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