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FairMormon Study Aids: 1 Nephi

Prefatory Contextual Articles and Overview

  • Journey of Faith (Video)
  • David R. Seely, John W. Welch, and JoAnn H. Seely (Editors), "Glimpses of Lehi's Jerusalem (Collection)" (Maxwell Institute)
  • David R. Seely, and JoAnn H. Seely, "Josephus's Portrayal of Jeremiah: A Portrait and a Self-Portrait" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Jeffrey R. Chadwick, "Khirbet Beit Lei and the Book of Mormon: An Archaeologist’s Evaluation" (Religious Educator)
  • Wm. Revell Phillips, "Weather Report from the Valley of Lemuel" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Stephen L. Carr, "Birds Along Lehi's Trail" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Daniel Peterson, "1 Nephi 1-7" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Noel B. Reynolds, "Nephi’s Outline" (BYU Studies)
  • John W. Welch, "They Came from Jerusalem: Some Old World Perspectives on the Book of Mormon" (Ensign)
  • Keith Meservy, "Jerusalem at the Time of Lehi and Jeremiah" (Ensign)
  • Neal Rappleye, "Lehi the Smelter: New Light on Lehi's Profession" (Interpreter)
  • Robert F. Smith, "Book of Mormon Event Structure: The Ancient Near East" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Camille Fronk, "Desert Epiphany: Sariah and the Women in 1 Nephi" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Gaye Strathearn, "'He That Hath the Scriptures, Let Him Search Them'" (Religious Educator)
  • Rodney Turner, “The Prophet Nephi,” (Religious Educator)
  • RoseAnn Benson, "The Book of Mormon: A Primer for Priesthood Leadership" (Religious Educator)
  • Tyler J. Griffin, "Nephi: An Ideal Teacher of Less-Than-Ideal Students" (Religious Educator)
  • John W. Welch, "The Narrative of Zosimus and the Book of Mormon" (BYU Studies)
  • Frederick W. Axelgard, "1 and 2 Nephi: An Inspiring Whole" (BYU Studies)
  • Noel B. Reynolds, "The Political Dimension in Nephi's Small Plates" (BYU Studies)
  • S. Kent Brown, "The Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon" (BYU Studies)
  • Margaret Barker, "Joseph Smith and Preexilic Israelite Religion" (BYU Studies)
  • Kevin Christensen, "Prophets and Kings in Lehi’s Jerusalem and Margaret Barker’s Temple Theology" (Interpreter)
  • John L. Sorenson, "The Composition of Lehi's Family" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Jerusalem in Nephi and Lehi's Time (Video)
  • Lehi's Family - Ancient Israel (Video)
  • Laman and Lemuel - Ancient Jerusalem Class System (Video)
  • Ancient Peoples of Israel (Video)
  • Brant Gardner, "Musings on the Making of the Book of Mormon: Nephi as Author" (Interpreter)

Geographic Facets of Lehi's Journey

  • S. Kent Brown, "New Light from Arabia on Lehi's Trail" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Eugene England, "Through the Arabian Desert to a Bountiful Land: Could Joseph Smith Have Known the Way?" (Religious Educator)
  • Noel B. Reynolds, "Lehi's Arabian Journey Updated" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Lynn M. Hilton and Hope A. Hilton, "In Search of Lehi’s Trail—Part 1: The Preparation" (Ensign)
  • Lynn M. Hilton and Hope A. Hilton, "In Search of Lehi’s Trail—Part 2: The Journey" (Ensign)
  • Daniel B. McKinlay, "The Brightening Light on the Journey of Lehi and Sariah" (Maxwell Institute)
  • S. Kent Brown, "New Light: "The Place That Was Called Nahom": New Light from Ancient Yemen" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Warren P. Aston, "Newly Found Altars from Nahom" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Anonymous, "New Light: Nahom and the "Eastward" Turn" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Neal Rappleye and Stephen O. Smoot, "Book of Mormon Minimalists and the NHM Inscriptions: A Response to Dan Vogel," (Interpreter)

1 Nephi 1

  • Overview
    • Brant Gardner, "Musings on the Making of the Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 1," (Interpreter)
  • 1 Nephi 1:1-3
    • Neal Rappleye, "Nephi the Good: A Commentary on 1 Nephi 1:1–3," (Interpreter)
  • 1 Nephi 1:1
  • 1 Nephi 1:2
    • FAIR entry on "Reformed Egyptian" (FAIR)
    • John A. Tvedtnes, "Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon: A Preliminary Survey" (BYU Studies)
    • John A. Tvedtnes, "Since the Book of Mormon is largely the record of a Hebrew people, is the writing characteristic of the Hebrew language?" (Ensign)
    • Ben McGuire, " Did Lehi Use Egyptian?" (FAIR)
    • Neal Rappleye, "Learning Nephi's Language: Creating a Context for 1 Nephi 1:2" (Interpreter)
  • 1 Nephi 1:4
    • Donald W. Parry, "Why is the phrase “and it came to pass” so prevalent in the Book of Mormon?" (Ensign)
    • Jeffrey R. Chadwick,"Lehi in the Samaria Papyri and on an Ostracon from the Shore of the Red Sea" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Jeffrey R. Chadwick, "The Names Lehi and Sariah—Language and Meaning" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Dana M. Pike, "Response to Paul Hoskisson's "Lehi and Sariah"" (Maxwell Institute)
    • John A. Tvedtnes, "Lehi and Sariah Comments" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Paul Y. Hoskisson, "Response to the Comments" (Maxwell Institute)
    • H. Donl Peterson, “Father Lehi,(Religious Educator)
    • Bible description of some of the many prophets prophesying (lds.org)
    • Jeremiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah - Prophets (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 1:6
    • Donald W. Parry, "Why is the phrase “and it came to pass” so prevalent in the Book of Mormon?" (Ensign)
    • Anonymous, ""And It Came to Pass" in Mayan" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Paul Y. Hoskisson, John W. Welch, Robert F. Smith, Bruce W. Warren, Roger R. Keller, David Fox, and Deloy Pack, "Words and Phrases" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Royal Skousen, "The Original Language of the Book of Mormon: Upstate New York Dialect, King James English, or Hebrew?" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 1:7
    • Jeffrey R. Chadwick,"An Archaeologist's View" (Maxwell Institute)
    • John W. Welch, "The Calling of Lehi as a Prophet in the World of Jerusalem" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Blake T. Ostler, "The Throne-Theophany and Prophetic Commission in 1 Nephi: A Form-Critical Analysis" (BYU Studies)
    • Jeffrey R. Chadwick, "Lehi's House at Jerusalem and the Land of His Inheritance" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 1:8
  • 1 Nephi 1:8-15
  • 1 Nephi 1:9-11
  • 1 Nephi 1:13
    • Randall P. Spakeman, "'Many' and 'Few' Enter Captivity," (Link)
  • 1 Nephi 1:16-17
  • 1 Nephi 1:18
    • Lehi's Ministry and Departure (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 1:20

1 Nephi 2

  • 1 Nephi 2-16
  • Overview
    • Blair G. Van Dyke, "Light or Dark, Freedom or Bondage: Enhancing Book of Mormon themes through Contrasts" (Religious Educator)
    • Brant Gardner, "Musings on the Making of the Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 2" (Interpreter)
  • 1 Nephi 2:1-2
    • Lehi's Ministry and Departure (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 2:2-15
  • 1 Nephi 2:4-6, 8-9
  • 1 Nephi 2:5
  • 1 Nephi 2:6
  • 1 Nephi 2:6-7
  • 1 Nephi 2:7
    • S. Kent Brown, “Lehi’s Sacrifices in the Wilderness,” (Maxwell Institute)
    • Anonymous, "Authority to sacrifice among the Nephites?" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Paul Y. Hoskisson, "By what authority did Lehi, a non-Levite priest, offer sacrifices?" (Ensign)
    • David R. Seely, "Lehi's Altar and Sacrifice in the Wilderness" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Temples, Altars, Sacrifice and Worship (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 2:9
    • FAIR Entry, "River Runs Into a Fountain" (FAIR)
  • 1 Nephi 2:9-10
  • 1 Nephi 2:11
  • 1 Nephi 2:13
    • Fred E. Woods, "Why didn’t Jews in Old Testament times believe Jerusalem could be destroyed?" (Ensign)
  • 1 Nephi 2:18-22
    • Richard Dilworth Rust, "Annual FARMS Lecture: The Book of Mormon, Designed for Our Day," (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 2:24
    • J.B. Haws, "'To Stir Them Up in the Ways of Remembrance': Lamanites and Memory in the Book of Mormon" (Religious Educator)

1 Nephi 3

  • 1 Nephi 3:3
    • John L. Sorenson, "The "Brass Plates" and Biblical Scholarship." (Dialogue pdf)
    • Sidney B. Sperry, "Some Problems of Interest Relating to the Brass Plates" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 3:19
    • John L. Sorenson, Gordon C. Thomasson, and Robert F. Smith, "Old World Languages in the New World" (Maxwell Institute)

1 Nephi 4

1 Nephi 5

  • 1 Nephi 5:4
  • 1 Nephi 5:8
    • Ariel E. Bybee, “The Mother’s Role in Teaching Religious Values – Jerusalem, 600 BC,” (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 5:9
  • 1 Nephi 5:10
  • 1 Nephi 5:10-14
  • 1 Nephi 5:13
    • David R. Seely, and JoAnn H. Seely, "Lehi and Jeremiah: Prophets, Priests, and Patriarchs" (Maxwell Institute)

1 Nephi 6

1 Nephi 7

  • 1 Nephi 7:1-2
    • Marriage and Family Customs in Ancient Israel (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 7:2
  • 1 Nephi 7:13-14
    • Randall P. Spackman, "Prophecy of Immediate Destruction," (Link)
  • 1 Nephi 7:14
    • Kent Brown and David Seely, “Jeremiah’s Imprisonment and the Date of Lehi’s Departure” (Religious Educator)
    • Randall P. Spackman, "Was Jeremiah Cast into Prison Before Zedekiah's Reign?" (Link)
    • Randall P. Spackman, "Was Jeremiah Imprisoned in Zedekiah's Reign?" (Link)
    • FAIR entry on "Jeremiah in prison" (FAIR)

1 Nephi 8

1 Nephi 9

1 Nephi 10

  • 1 Nephi 10:4
    • Randall P. Spackman, "Lehi's 600-Year Prophecy of the Messiah's Birth," (Link)
    • FAIR Entry on "Book of Mormon time keeping" (FAIR)
  • 1 Nephi 10:14
    • FAIR Entry on "Jacob 5" (FAIR)
  • 1 Nephi 10:18

1 Nephi 11

  • Section Overview 1 Nephi 11-14
  • Chapter Overview
    • David E. Bokovoy, "“Thou Knowest That I Believe”: Invoking The Spirit of the Lord as Council Witness in 1 Nephi 11" (Interpreter)
    • Allen J. Christensen, "The Sacred Tree of the Ancient Maya" (Maxwell Institute)
    • C. Wilfred Griggs, "The Book of Mormon as an Ancient Book" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 11:8
  • 1 Nephi 11:8, 11:13, 11:15
  • 1 Nephi 11:9-11
  • 1 Nephi 11:18, 21, 32
    • FAIR article on textual variant "the son of" (FAIR)
  • 1 Nephi 11:21
  • Articles on Izapa Stela number 5 (the so-called "Tree of Life Stone")
    • V. Garth Norman, "What is the current status of research concerning the “Tree of Life” carving from Chiapas, Mexico?" (Ensign)
    • Alan K. Parrish, “Stela S. Izapa: A Layman’s Consideration of the Tree of Life Stone,” (Religious Educator)
    • Stewart W. Brewer, "The History of an Idea: The Scene on Stela 5 from Izapa, Mexico, as a Representation of Lehi's Vision of the Tree of Life" (Maxwell Institute)
    • John E. Clark, "A New Artistic Rendering of Izapa Stela 5: A Step toward Improved Interpretation" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 11:34-36
    • Allen J. Christenson, "Annual FARMS Lecture: Maya Harvest Festivals and the Book of Mormon," (Maxwell Institute)

1 Nephi 12

1 Nephi 13

1 Nephi 14

  • 1 Nephi 14:29

1 Nephi 15

Overview (1 Nephi 15-16)

  • Tyler J. Griffin, "Nephi: An Ideal Teacher of Less-Than-Ideal Students," (Religious Educator)
  • 1 Nephi 15:23-24
  • 1 Nephi 15:20
    • FAIR Entry: "Isaiah in the Book of Mormon" (FAIR)

1 Nephi 16

1 Nephi 17

  • 1 Nephi 17:1
  • 1 Nephi 17:1-6
  • 1 Nephi 17:1-5, 12, 17-49
  • 1 Nephi 17:4
  • 1 Nephi 17:5
  • 1 Nephi 17:6
  • 1 Nephi 17:7
  • 1 Nephi 17:8
  • 1 Nephi 17:9-10
    • Ronald A. Harris, Eugene E. Clark, Jeffrey D. Keith, and Wm. Revell Phillips, “Iron Ore Occurrences in Oman,” (Maxwell Institute)
  • Iron Ore (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 17:9, 10, 16
    • Metal and Metallurgy - The Mines of Timna (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 17:24, 44
  • 1 Nephi 17:26, 27
    • FAIR entry on "Red Sea vs Reed Sea" (FAIR)
  • 1 Nephi 17:41
    • Wallace E. Hunt Jr., "Moses' Brazen Serpent as It Relates to Serpent Worship in Mesoamerica" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Diane E. Wirth, "Quetzalcoatl, the Maya Maize God, and Jesus Christ" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Andrew C. Skinner, "Serpent Symbols and Salvation in the Ancient Near East and the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Andrew C. Skinner, "Savior, Satan, and Serpent: The Duality of a Symbol in the Scriptures" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 1 Nephi 17:53-55
    • David Calabro, ""Stretch Forth Thy Hand and Prophesy": Hand Gestures in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)

1 Nephi 18

  • 1 Nephi 18:1-2
  • 1 Nephi 18:1, 6, 7
  • 1 Nephi 18:2
  • 1 Nephi 18:6
  • 1 Nephi 18:8
  • 1 Nephi 18:12, 21
    • FAIR entry on "compass" (FAIR)
  • 1 Nephi 18:21
  • 1 Nephi 18:23
    • John L. Sorenson, "Winds and Currents: A Look at Nephi's Ocean Crossing" (Maxwell Institute)
    • John L. Sorenson, “Scholar Reviews Future Directions in Book of Mormon Research,” (Maxwell Institute)
    • Warren P. Aston, “El Nino and Lehi’s Voyage Revisited,” (Maxwell Institute)
    • David L. Clark, "Lehi and El Niño: A Method of Migration" (BYU Studies)
    • Frederick G. Williams, "Did Lehi Land in Chile?" (Maxwell Institute)
    • John L. Sorenson, "When Lehi's Party Arrived in the Land, Did They Find Others There?" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Brant Gardner, "The Other Stuff: Reading the Book of Mormon for Cultural Information" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Matthew Roper, "Nephi's Neighbors: Book of Mormon Peoples and Pre-Columbian Populations" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Brant Gardner, "A Social History of the Early Nephites" (FAIR)
    • William J. Hamblin, "Basic Methodological Problems with the Anti-Mormon Approach to the Geography and Archaeology of the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
    • The Promised Land (Video)
  • 1 Nephi 18:25

1 Nephi 19

  • 1 Nephi 19:1
  • 1 Nephi 19:7-9
    • Randall P. Spackman, "Lehi's 600-Year Prophecy of the Messiah's Birth," (Link)
  • 1 Nephi 19:10-17
  • 1 Nephi 19:23

1 Nephi 20

  • Overview
    • S. Kent Brown, "What Is Isaiah Doing in First Nephi? Or, How Did Lehi's Family Fare so Far from Home?" (Religious Educator)
    • Garold N. Davis, "Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
    • FAIR Entry on "deutero-Isaiah" (FAIR)
    • FAIR Entry on "Isaiah in the Book of Mormon" (FAIR)
  • 1 Nephi 20:1
    • FAIR entry on textual variant "out of the waters of baptism" (FAIR)

1 Nephi 21

1 Nephi 22

  • 1 Nephi 22:20