Monday, July 16, 2012

Go and Inquire of the Lord

This episode bears many of the hallmarks of the oracular use of the Urim & Thummim: the holy man, in a time of national (tribal) crisis, at the behest of the political leader goes apart into a holy place and "inquires of the Lord."  The only tags that are missing are an explicit statement about the gift of prophecy and about the brother of Jared being a high priest, but both may be implicit in the note that he was "mighty" and "highly favored of the Lord." Even the note that the Jaredites will go "down" is consistent with the possibility that the brother of Jared is inquiring of the Lord in a holy mountain or temple setting.

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