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Three Biblical Archetypes Compared to Nephi's Construction of the Ship
TitleThree Biblical Archetypes Compared to Nephi's Construction of the Ship
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWelch, John W., and Greg Welch
PublisherFoundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies
CityProvo, UT
KeywordsNephi; Old Testament; Ship

Unlike modern writers, who value originality and consider writing to be intellectual property, writers of antiquity valued repetition. For example, ancient Hebrew writers consistently repeated and alluded to previous narratives, and the Nephites did the same. This chart highlights one specific instance of this. As is shown here, Nephi's account of the construction of his ship closely parallels three other narratives about beginnings: the creation, the flood, and the construction of the biblical tabernacle. This suggests that Nephi purposefully included allusions to these biblical texts when recounting his own story of creation, a practice consistent with ancient Hebraic writing.


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Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 17
1 Nephi 17:7-8
1 Nephi 18
1 Nephi 18:1-2
1 Nephi 18:4
1 Nephi 18:24