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Lehi's Theology of the Fall in Its Preexilic/Exilic Context
TitleLehi's Theology of the Fall in Its Preexilic/Exilic Context
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsPritchett, Jr., Bruce M.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Date PublishedFall 1994
Keywords2 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.