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Lehi, Joseph, and the Kingdom of Israel
TitleLehi, Joseph, and the Kingdom of Israel
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsCrapo, Richley
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume33
Pagination289-304
KeywordsAaronite Priesthood; Documentary Hypothesis; Kingdom of Israel; Lehi (Prophet); Mushite Priesthood
Abstract

I present evidence of two priesthoods in the Jewish Bible: an Aaronite priesthood, held by Aaron and passed down through his descendants; and a higher Mushite priesthood, held not only by Moses and his descendants but also by other worthy individuals, such as Joshua, an Ephraimite. The Mushite priests were centered in Shiloh, where Joshua settled the Ark of the Covenant, while the Aaronites became dominant in the Jerusalem temple. Like Joshua, the prophet Lehi, a descendant of the northern tribe of Manasseh, held the higher priesthood. His ministry, as recounted in the Book of Mormon, demonstrates four characteristics that show a clear connection to his ancestors’ origins in the northern Kingdom of Israel: (1) revelation through prophetic dreams, (2) the ministry of angels, (3) imagery of the Tree of Life, and (4) a positive attitude toward the Nehushtan tradition. These traits are precisely those which scholarship, based on the Documentary Hypothesis, attributes to texts in the Hebrew Bible that originated in the northern Kingdom of Israel rather than in Judah.

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/lehi-joseph-and-the-kingdom-of-israel/

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