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|Title||The Throne-Theophany and Prophetic Commission in 1 Nephi: A Form Critical Analysis|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1986|
|Authors||Ostler, Blake T.|
|Journal||BYU Studies Quarterly|
|Keywords||Dream; Lehi (Prophet); Prophet; Theophany; Vision|
The first chapter of the Book of Mormon, in the words of Hugh Nibley, "has the authenticity of a truly ancient pseudepigraphic writing stamped all over it. It is a well-nigh perfect example of the genre." Indeed, the first chapter of 1 Nephi conforms precisely to a literary pattern that form-critical studies have demonstrated to be the very essence of the prophetic commission in ancient Israel which "gives the individual's credentials as a prophet, messenger and ambassador of the heavenly council."
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