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|Title||Types of Literature in the Book of Mormon: Patriarchal Blessings, Symbolic Prophecy, Prophetic Narrative, Prophetic Dialogue|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Authors||Sperry, Sidney B.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Coming of Christ; Jacob; Joseph; Laman; Lehi (Prophet); Lemuel; Literature; Narrative; Nephi; Patriarchal Blessing; Prophecy; Prophetic Dialogue; Sam; Symbolism; Zoram|
The patriarchal blessings that Lehi bestows upon his children and grandchildren are filled with important doctrinal and historical details and contain many prophetic elements. Lehi and Nephi share the vision of the tree of life, a fine example of symbolic prophecy. Perhaps the finest example of prophetic literature in the Book of Mormon deals with the coming of Christ. The prophetic dialogue in the Book of Mormon can be divided into five parts.
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