Book of Mormon Lesson #5: Hearken to the Truth, and Give Heed unto It, 1 Nephi 16-18, and 19-22

This lesson is supposed to finish off First Nephi, though chapters 19-22 are something of a tack-on (included only under “Additional Teaching Ideas”). I’ll tackle all seven chapters, I guess, though I’ll have to be a bit more spare than I’ve been in the previous couple of posts. I’ll proceed as follows. First, I’ll address briefly the parallel plot lines of 1 Nephi 16 and 1 Nephi 18. Second, I’ll give a bit more attention, at the theological level, to 1 Nephi 17. Third, I’ll add a brief discussion about the wrap-up of 1 Nephi 18 and its complex relationship to 1 Nephi 19. Fourth, I’ll say a handful of things about 1 Nephi 19-22 more generally. Fifth and finally, I’ll take up 1 Nephi 20-21, that is, Isaiah 48-49.

That’s a lot to tackle. But I’ll see what I can do here. Oh, and let me note yet again that very little of what I’m doing here will make sense without familiarity with my “preliminaries on Nephi post. Now, to work!

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