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FairMormon Study Aids: 3 Nephi

Overview

  • Sidney B. Sperry, "What the Book of Mormon Is (Concluded)" (Maxwell Institute)
  • John W. Welch, "Seeing Third Nephi as the Holy of Holies of the Book of Mormon" (Video)
  • 3 Nephi 1-7 Interpreter Scripture Roundtable (Video)
  • 3 Nephi 8-11 Interpreter Scripture Roundtable (Video)
  • 3 Nephi 12-14 Interpreter Scripture Roundtable (Video)
  • 3 Nephi 16, 20-21 Interpreter Scripture Roundtable (Video)
  • 3 Nephi 22-26 Interpreter Scripture Roundtable (Video)
  • 3 Nephi 11-26 Anthony R. Sweat, "Active Learning and the Savior’s Nephite Ministry" (Religious Educator)

3 Nephi 1

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3 Nephi 1:1
"...and it was in the year that Lachoneus was the chief judge and the governor over the land."
  • Stephen D. Ricks, "The name of one of the Lord’s disciples listed in 3 Nephi 19:4—Timothy—seems to be Greek in origin. Is there an explanation for the appearance of a Greek name in the Book of Mormon?" (Ensign)

3 Nephi 2

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3 Nephi 2:15
"And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites;"
  • Douglas Campbell, ""White" or "Pure": Five Vignettes" (Dialogue)
  • FAIR entry on Lamanite Curse (FAIR)
  • Brant Gardner, "If Lamanites were black, why didn’t anyone notice?" (FAIR)

3 Nephi 3

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3 Nephi 3:12
"Now behold, this Lachoneus, the governor, was a just man, and could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a robber;
therefore he did not hearken to the epistle of Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers, but he did cause that his people should
cry unto the Lord for strength against the time that the robbers should come down against them."
3 Nephi 3:22
"And it came to pass in the seventeenth year, in the latter end of the year, the proclamation of Lachoneus had gone forth throughout
all the face of the land, and they had taken their horses, and their chariots, and their cattle, and all their flocks,
and their herds, and their grain, and all their substance, and did march forth by thousands and by tens of thousands, until they had
all gone forth to the place which had been appointed that they should gather themselves together, to defend themselves against
their enemies."

3 Nephi 4

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3 Nephi 4:7
"And it came to pass that they did come up to battle; and it was in the sixth month; and behold, great and terrible was the day that
they did come up to battle; and they were girded about after the manner of robbers; and they had a lamb-skin about their loins,
and they were dyed in blood, and their heads were shorn, and they had head-plates upon them; and great and terrible was the appearance
of the armies of Giddianhi, because of their armor, and because of their being dyed in blood."
3 Nephi 4:28-29
"And their leader, Zemnarihah, was taken and hanged upon a tree, yea, even upon the top thereof until he was dead.
And when they had hanged him until he was dead they did fell the tree to the earth, and did cry with a loud voice, saying:
29 May the Lord preserve his people in righteousness and in holiness of heart, that they may cause to be felled to the earth all
who shall seek to slay them because of power and secret combinations, even as this man hath been felled to the earth."

3 Nephi 5

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3 Nephi 6

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3 Nephi 6:14
"And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea,
insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites
who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast,
and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord."

3 Nephi 7

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3 Nephi 7:1-4
"Now behold, I will show unto you that they did not establish a king over the land; but in this same year, yea, the thirtieth year,
they did destroy upon the judgment-seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of the land.
2 And the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his family
and his kindred and friends; and thus they did destroy the government of the land.
3 And every tribe did appoint a chief or a leader over them; and thus they became tribes and leaders of tribes.
4 Now behold, there was no man among them save he had much family and many kindreds and friends; therefore their tribes became
exceedingly great."

3 Nephi 8

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  • Overview
    • John A. Tvedtnes, "Historical Parallels to the Destruction at the Time of the Crucifixion" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Benjamin R. Jordan, "Volcanic Destruction in the Book of Mormon: Possible Evidence from Ice Cores" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Anonymous, "Out of the Dust: When the Day Turned to Night" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 3 Nephi 8-9
    • Bart J. Kowallis, "In the Thirty and Fourth Year: A Geologist’s View of the Great Destruction in 3 Nephi" (BYU Studies)
3 Nephi 8:3
"3 And the people began to look with great earnestness for the sign which had been given by the prophet Samuel, the Lamanite,
yea, for the time that there should be darkness for the space of three days over the face of the land."
  • David B. Cummings, "Three Days and Three Nights: Reassessing Jesus's Entombment" (Maxwell Institute)
3 Nephi 8:5-25 (See LDS.org for Text)
  • FAIR entry on "three days of darkness" (FAIR)
3 Nephi 8:11-12
11 "And there was a great and terrible destruction in the land southward.
12 But behold, there was a more great and terrible destruction in the land northward; for behold, the whole face of the land was changed,
because of the tempest and the whirlwinds, and the thunderings and the lightnings, and the exceedingly great quaking of the whole earth;"
  • Benjamin R. Jordan, “Investigating New World Volcanism at the Time of Christ’s Death” (Maxwell Institute)
3 Nephi 8:14
14 "And many great and notable cities were sunk, and many were burned, and many were shaken till the buildings thereof had fallen
to the earth, and the inhabitants thereof were slain, and the places were left desolate."
  • Matthew Roper, “A Note on Volcanism and the Book of Mormon” (Maxwell Institute)
  • Benjamin R. Jordan, ""Many Great and Notable Cities Were Sunk": Liquefaction in the Book of Mormon" (BYU Studies)
3 Nephi 8:20, 22
20 "And it came to pass that there was thick darkness upon all the face of the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof who had not fallen
could feel the vapor of darkness;
21 And there could be no light, because of the darkness, neither candles, neither torches; neither could there be fire kindled
with their fine and exceedingly dry wood, so that there could not be any light at all;
22 And there was not any light seen, neither fire, nor glimmer, neither the sun, nor the moon, nor the stars, for so great were
the mists of darkness which were upon the face of the land."
3 Nephi 8:23
23 "And it came to pass that it did last for the space of three days that there was no light seen; and there was great mourning
and howling and weeping among all the people continually; yea, great were the groanings of the people, because of the darkness
and the great destruction which had come upon them."
  • Russell H. Ball, "An Hypothesis concerning the Three Days of Darkness among the Nephites" (Maxwell Institute)

3 Nephi 9

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3 Nephi 9:7
7 Yea, and the city of Onihah and the inhabitants thereof, and the city of Mocum and the inhabitants thereof,
and the city of Jerusalem and the inhabitants thereof; and waters have I caused to come up in the stead thereof,
to hide their wickedness and abominations from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints
shall not come up any more unto me against them.
  • John L. Sorenson, “The Submergence of the City of Jerusalem in the Land of Nephi” (Maxwell Institute)
3 Nephi 9:10
10 "And behold, the city of Laman, and the city of Josh, and the city of Gad, and the city of Kishkumen,
have I caused to be burned with fire, and the inhabitants thereof, because of their wickedness in casting out the prophets,
and stoning those whom I did send to declare unto them concerning their wickedness and their abominations."
  • John Gee, John A. Tvedtnes, and Matthew Roper, "Book of Mormon Names Attested in Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions" (Maxwell Institute)
  • Stephen D. Ricks, "Some Notes on Book of Mormon Names" (Interpreter)
3 Nephi 9:14
14 "Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. 
Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, 
him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me."
  • David Calabro, ""Stretch Forth Thy Hand and Prophesy": Hand Gestures in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
3 Nephi 9:18
18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
  • FAIR entry on "Alpha and Omega" (FAIR)
3 Nephi 9:19-20
19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done  
away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. 20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a
broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize
with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were
baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.
  • Matthew L. Bowen, "“In the Mount of the Lord It Shall Be Seen” and “Provided”: Theophany and Sacrifice as the Etiological Foundation of the Temple in Israelite and Latter-day Saint Tradition" (Interpreter)

3 Nephi 10

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3 Nephi 10:12-13
12 "And it was the more righteous part of the people who were saved, and it was they who 
received the prophets and stoned them not;
and it was they who had not shed the blood of the saints, who were spared—
13 And they were spared and were not sunk and buried up in the earth; and 
they were not drowned in the depths of the sea; and they were not burned by fire, 
neither were they fallen upon and crushed to death; and they were not carried away in the whirlwind;
neither were they overpowered by the vapor of smoke and of darkness."
  • Richard Dilworth Rust, "Annual FARMS Lecture: The Book of Mormon, Designed for our Day," (Maxwell Institute)
3 Nephi 10:14—17 (See LDS.org for Text)
3 Nephi 10:18
18 "And it came to pass that in the ending of the thirty and fourth year, behold, I will show unto you that the people
of Nephi who were spared, and also those who had been called Lamanites, who had been spared, did have great favors shown unto them,
and great blessings poured out upon their heads, insomuch that soon after the ascension of Christ into heaven he did truly
manifest himself unto them—"
3 Nephi 10:19
19 Showing his body unto them, and ministering unto them; and an account of his ministry shall be given hereafter. 
Therefore for this time I make an end of my sayings.
  • Matthew L. Bowen, "“In the Mount of the Lord It Shall Be Seen” and “Provided”: Theophany and Sacrifice as the Etiological Foundation of the Temple in Israelite and Latter-day Saint Tradition" (Interpreter)

3 Nephi 11

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  • 3 Nephi 11:1
  • 3 Nephi 11:8
    • Matthew L. Bowen, "“In the Mount of the Lord It Shall Be Seen” and “Provided”: Theophany and Sacrifice as the Etiological Foundation of the Temple in Israelite and Latter-day Saint Tradition" (Interpreter)
  • 3 Nephi 11:9
    • David Calabro, ""Stretch Forth Thy Hand and Prophesy": Hand Gestures in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 3 Nephi 11:14-15
    • Matthew L. Bowen, "“In the Mount of the Lord It Shall Be Seen” and “Provided”: Theophany and Sacrifice as the Etiological Foundation of the Temple in Israelite and Latter-day Saint Tradition" (Interpreter)
  • 3 Nephi 11:30, 3 Nephi 11:32
  • 3 Nephi 11:31–41
    • Noel B. Reynolds, "The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Taught by the Nephite Prophets" (BYU Studies)

3 Nephi 12

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  • 3 Nephi 12-16
    • John W. Welch (editor), "The Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount (Collection)" (Maxwell Institute)
    • John W. Welch, "Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & Sermon on the Mount (Collection)" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Robert Timothy Updegraff, "Sermon on the Mount" (Maxwell Institute)
    • David Calabro, ""Stretch Forth Thy Hand and Prophesy": Hand Gestures in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Sidney B. Sperry, "The Book of Mormon and the Problem of the Sermon on the Mount" (Maxwell Institute)
    • S. Kent Brown, “Moses and Jesus: The Old Adorns the New” (Religious Educator)
    • John W. Welch, "The Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount: The Differences" (Maxwell Institute)

3 Nephi 13

(Full Chapter Text from LDS.org)

  • 3 Nephi 13:9–13

3 Nephi 14

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  • 3 Nephi 14:6
  • 3 Nephi 14:13

3 Nephi 15

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  • 3 Nephi 15-16

3 Nephi 16

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  • Overview
    • Garold N. Davis, "Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 3 Nephi 16:18-20
    • FAIR entry on "deutero-Isaiah" (FAIR)

3 Nephi 17

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3 Nephi 18

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  • Overview
    • Richard Lloyd Anderson, "Religious Validity: The Sacrament Covenant in Third Nephi" (Maxwell Institute)
    • John W. Welch, "Worthy of Another Look: Reusages of the Words of Christ" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 3 Nephi 18:7
    • Matthew L. Bowen, "“In the Mount of the Lord It Shall Be Seen” and “Provided”: Theophany and Sacrifice as the Etiological Foundation of the Temple in Israelite and Latter-day Saint Tradition" (Interpreter)

3 Nephi 19

(Full Chapter Text from LDS.org)

  • Overview
  • 3 Nephi 19:4
    • John Gee, John A. Tvedtnes, and Matthew Roper, "Book of Mormon Names Attested in Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Stephen D. Ricks, "The name of one of the Lord’s disciples listed in 3 Nephi 19:4—Timothy—seems to be Greek in origin. Is there an explanation for the appearance of a Greek name in the Book of Mormon?" (Ensign)
  • 3 Nephi 19:18
    • Beth T. Spackman, "In 3 Nephi 19, we read that some Nephites prayed to Jesus. Is it proper to pray to him?" (Ensign)
  • 3 Nephi 19:20, 28-29, 31-34
    • John W. Welch, "The Lord’s Prayers" (Ensign)

3 Nephi 20

  • Overview

(Full Chapter Text from LDS.org)

    • Garold N. Davis, "Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)
  • 3 Nephi 20:10-23:35
  • 3 Nephi 20:30-33
    • Richard Dilworth Rust, "Annual FARMS Lecture: The Book of Mormon, Designed for our Day," (Maxwell Institute)
  • 3 Nephi 20:43-45
    • Gaye Strathearn, and Jacob Moody, "Christ's Interpretation of Isaiah 52's "My Servant" in 3 Nephi" (Maxwell Institute)

3 Nephi 21

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3 Nephi 22

  • Overview

(Full Chapter Text from LDS.org)

    • Cynthia L. Hallen, "Redeeming the Desolate Woman: The Message of Isaiah 54 and 3 Nephi 22" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Garold N. Davis, "Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon" (Maxwell Institute)

3 Nephi 23

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3 Nephi 24

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3 Nephi 25

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3 Nephi 26

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3 Nephi 27

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  • Overview
  • 3 Nephi 27:13–21
    • Noel B. Reynolds, "The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Taught by the Nephite Prophets" (BYU Studies)
    • Andrew C. Skinner, ""This Is My Gospel": Jesus' Discourse in 3 Nephi" (Religious Educator)
  • 3 Nephi 27:27
    • John W. Welch, "Toward an Understanding of the Sermon as a Temple Text" (Maxwell Institute)
    • Gerald N. Lund, ""The Savior said that we should be perfect, even as he and our Father in Heaven are perfect… Are we expected to achieve perfection in this life? If so, how can I avoid becoming discouraged with myself as I try to achieve it?"" (Ensign)
    • John W. Welch, "Word Studies from the New Testament" (Ensign)

3 Nephi 28

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3 Nephi 28:25
" 25 Behold, I was about to write the names of those who were never to taste of death, but the Lord forbade; therefore I write them not,
for they are hid from the world."
3 Nephi 28:30-31
" 30 And they are as the angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus they can show themselves
unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good.
31 Therefore, great and marvelous works shall be wrought by them, before the great and coming day when all people must surely stand
before the judgment-seat of Christ;"

3 Nephi 29

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3 Nephi 30

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