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Rethinking the Encounter between Jacob and Sherem

TitleRethinking the Encounter between Jacob and Sherem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsSpendlove, Loren Blake
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsJacob (Son of Lehi); Sherem; Syntax; Textual Analysis

The Book of Mormon story of Jacob and Sherem has been evaluated and interpreted from many different viewpoints over the years. In his retelling of the story, Jacob crafted a cautionary tale of religious hubris and self-importance that can serve as an important lesson for members of the church today. In this paper I use various methodologies to examine the interaction between Jacob and Sherem — including comparative scriptural analysis, semantics, and Hebraic syntax and structural elements — in an attempt to increase our understanding of the relationship between Jacob and Sherem.


Scripture Reference

Jacob 7:1-23