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|Title||Lehi's Theology of the Fall in Its Preexilic/Exilic Context|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1994|
|Authors||Pritchett, Jr., Bruce M.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Date Published||Fall 1994|
|Keywords||2 Nephi; Atonement; Exilic; Fall of Adam; Lehi; Preexilic; Theology|
Some authors have claimed that Lehi’s teachings on the fall of Adam are so similar to teachings prevalent in nineteenth-century America that they must be the source for 2 Nephi 2. However, this paper demonstrates that the bulk of well-recognized scholarly authority attributes teachings very similar to those in 2 Nephi 2 to preexilic and exilic biblical writers such as Hosea and Ezekiel. Thus, Lehi’s teachings are more consistent with a preexilic/exilic Israelite context than a nineteenth-century American context.
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