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|Title||Wanderers in the Promised Land: A Study of the Exodus Motif in the Book of Mormon and Holy Bible|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1994|
|Authors||Boehm, Bruce J.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Date Published||Spring 1994|
|Keywords||Abraham (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|
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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