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|Title||Lehi’s Altar and Sacrifice in the Wilderness|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2001|
|Authors||Seely, David Rolph|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Altar; Deuteronomy 12; Law of Moses; Lehi (Prophet); Sacrifice; Temple; Wilderness|
After the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi left Jerusalem with his family, he built an altar in the wilderness and offered a sacrifice to God. This practice appears to contradict biblical law as outlined in Deuteronomy 12, which states that sacrifices should be made only on an altar within a temple. However, David Rolph Seely provides three possible explanations as to why Lehi was not breaking the law of Moses.
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