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From:  "Steve Cohen" <torah_shalom@h...>
Date:  Tue Oct 5, 1999  2:56 am
Subject:  [nazarene] BoM as a Jewish Book

Many do not realize that the Book of Mormon, like the Tanak and New 
Testament, "consists of the learning of the Jews" (1Nephi 1:2). The Book of 
Mormon was written by descendents of Jews (2Nephi 33:8) who worshipped in 
synagogues built after the manner of the Jews (Alma 16:13)  They were Torah 
observant and kept the Shabbat (Jarom 1:5).

The Book of Mormon teaches that the Scriptures must be understood in  light 
of their inherent Jewishness, in light of Jewish hermeneutics:

	The Jews do understand the things of the
	prophets,  and there is none other people that
	understand the things which were spoken unto
	the Jews like unto them, save it be that they are
	taught after the manner of the
	things of the Jews. (2Ne. 25:5b)

According to the Book of Mormon the Bible "proceeded forth from
the  mouth of a Jew; and WHEN it proceeded forth from the
mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the 
Lord..." (1Ne. 13:24) and "...these things go forth from the Jews
in PURITY unto the Gentiles..." (1Ne. 13:25). However the
passage  goes on to say "...AFTER they go forth... from the Jews
unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and
abominable church... they have taken away from the gospel of the
Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious;..." (1Ne.

Finally, one of the primary purposes of the Book of Mormon, as
stated on  the colophon (title page) is:

And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Yeshua is
the Messiah..

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