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|Title||The Sword of Laban as a Symbol of Divine Authority and Kingship|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1993|
|Authors||Holbrook, Brett L.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Date Published||Spring 1993|
|Keywords||Arabia; Authority; Jerusalem; Kingship; Laban; Nephi; Old World; Steel; Sword; Symbol; Symbolism; Weapon|
Swords have often been seen as symbols of divine authority and kingship. Numerous examples from the mythology, literature, and history of the world attest to distinct patterns. The sword of Laban from the Book of Mormon fits these patterns and can be compared to the sword of Goliath. The sword of Laban can also be traced as part of the royal regalia that gives authority throughout Nephite history, and later as it appears in the Restoration. The sword of Laban as it is associated with Joseph Smith came to be an additional witness of his authority and of the divine sanction for his work.
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