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Mosiah 3 as an Apocalyptic Text
TitleMosiah 3 as an Apocalyptic Text
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFrederick, Nicholas J.
JournalReligious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel
KeywordsApocalyptic; John the Revelator; Joseph Smith; King Benjamin; Literature; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Revelation (Book); Seer

Textual links between Mosiah 3 and Revelation raise some interesting questions: Do these similarities hint to readers that Benjamin and John are recounting similar visions? Can Mosiah 3 be interpreted as an apocalyptic text? Could reading and analyzing Mosiah 3 as apocalyptic prove illuminating to our understanding not only of the text but of King Benjamin as well? Interpreting Mosiah 3 as an apocalyptic vision would place Benjamin in an elite category of seers, one that includes Nephi, John the Revelator, and Joseph Smith. The purpose of this paper is to examine Mosiah 3 under an apocalyptic lens. A close examination of Mosiah 3 reveals it to be an apocalyptic text, and viewing it as such can open up additional insights into the Book of Mormon.


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Scripture Reference

Mosiah 3:1-27