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KnoWhy #73 - Why Did Sherem Die? (Jacob 7:7)

TitleKnoWhy #73 - Why Did Sherem Die? (Jacob 7:7)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsBlasphemy; Israelite; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Laws; Legal; Prophecy; Sherem

The anti-Christ Sherem accused the prophet Jacob of not only blasphemy, but also for leading the people into apostasy and for false prophecy. When this is read in the light of ancient Israelite law, these actions take on legal as much as religious connotations. As explored by John W. Welch, the legal issues underlying Sherem's actions against Jacob help us make sense of why Sherem ultimately forfeit his life for making these false accusations.

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Scripture Reference

Jacob 7:7