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The Day of the Lord's Coming

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731701
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0007
The Day of the Lord's Coming

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The story of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance in the New World is the climax of the Book of Mormon, but in some ways it is disappointing. It doesn’t fit well into the larger narrative and Jesus’ words consist, in large measure, of lengthy quotations from Isaiah, Micah, and the Sermon on the Mount. When examined from the perspective of the narrator, however, several key themes emerge. In Mormon's account, the issue of prophecy and fulfillment comes to the forefront, in both Samuel the Lamanite's predictions of the birth and death of Christ, and also in Jesus’ own prophecies concerning the destiny of the House of Israel and the fulfillment of the Law of Moses. The general flow of the narrative is punctuated by four significant editorial interruptions, and with the last of these, Mormon himself undergoes a literary transformation from historian to prophet.

Keywords: Jesus; New World Isaiah; Micah; Sermon on the Mount; Mormon; prophecy; Samuel; Law of Moses; historian; prophet

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; East Asian Religions

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