Wanderers in the Promised Land: A Study of the Exodus Motif in the Book of Mormon and Holy Bible


Wanderers in the Promised Land: A Study of the Exodus Motif in the Book of Mormon and Holy Bible

TitleWanderers in the Promised Land: A Study of the Exodus Motif in the Book of Mormon and Holy Bible
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsBoehm, Bruce J.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume3
Issue1
Pagination187-203
Date PublishedSpring 1994
KeywordsAbraham (Prophet); Alma the Elder; Anti-Nephi-Lehi; Ethnogenesis; Exodus; Exodus Motif; Isaac; Jacob (Son of Lehi); King Limhi; Lehi (Prophet); Mosiah; Motif; Narrative; Nephi; Nephite; Promised Land; Prophet; Wanderers
Abstract

Lehi’s exodus to the promised land is only the first of a series of exoduses occurring throughout the Book of Mormon. Indeed, Lehi’s exodus becomes mere precedent for later flights into the wilderness by Nephi, Mosiah, Alma1, Limhi, and the Anti-Nephi-Lehites. For the Nephites, continuing exodus is not merely historical fact. Understanding the biblical exodus as a type and shadow, the Nephites come to see their wandering as a metaphor of their spiritual condition. Thus, even centuries after Lehi’s arrival in the promised land, Nephite prophets recognize their status as “wanderers in a strange land” (Alma 13:23). As Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Nephites looked beyond their temporal land of promise “for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10).

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Scripture Reference

Alma 13:23
Hebrews 11:10