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From: "Yosef benYehudah" <rabbiyosef@h...>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 13:02:19 PDT
Subject: [chofjclist] Restored Covenant & Torah
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(BTW the BoM verses cited are LDS versification)
1. The primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is to "show the remnant of the
House of Israel what great things th Lord has done for their fathers; and
that they may know THE COVENANTS of the Lord, that they are not cast off
2. THE GROWING TOGETHER OF THE BIBLE AND THE BOOK OF MORMON BRINGS THOSE
GRAFTED IN TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE COVENANT(S)
In 1Ne. 13:41 & 2Ne. 3:12 there is a parallel to the prophecy of Ezek.
37:16-17. In this parallel there is an excoting development known as the
together" of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Now notice that in Ezek.
37:16-19 (the scripture which parallels the growing together) Ephraim is
brought over and joined to Judah. I believe this means that as the Bible and
Book of Mormon grow together, Ephraim will be brought closer to Judah. This
is also clear in another parallel to Ezek. 37:16-19. The word for
"stick" in Hebrew is ETZ which can also mean "tree". Now in Rom. 11 we have
the parable of the two olive trees which which represent the two Houses of
Israel: Ephraim/Joseph and Judah. Notice that branches from Joseph are
grafted into Judah. A longer version of this same parable as given by Zenos
appears in the BoM in Jacob 5 also 1Ne. 10:12-14; 15:7-18; 19:24; 2Ne. 3:5;
9:53; Alma 26:36. These branches are grafted into Judah and told to be fed
by the root of Judah and not to boast against the natural branches.
According to 1Ne. 14, 18-19 this involves those grafted coming to a
knowledge of the covenant.
According to 2Ne. 3:5; 9:53 this whole process is part of the covenant(s).
3. THE CULMINATION OF THE BRINGING FORTH OF THE BOOK OF MORMON IS A
RESTORATION OF THE COVENANT(S) 1Ne. 14:7-8; 22:8-9; 2Ne. 29:1; 3Ne.
20:1-22:1; 3Ne. 29:1-9; Ether 4:1-7, 15-16.
4. THE TORAH IS ALSO CALLED THE BOOK OF THE COVENANT (Ex. 24:7)
5. Through Hebrew poetic parallelism the BoM identifies the Torah and the
covenant as the same (3Ne. 15:5)
6. A CONSTANT THEME IN THE BOOK OF MORMON IS THE RESTORATION OF THE
The Book of Mormon knows no such thing as a "New Covenant". Instead the
concept is always that of a "renewed covenant" or restored covenant. Note
that the phrase translated "New Covanent" in Jer. 31:31 could be translated
7. In the Torah God makes a covenant with Noach (Gen. 9). He later expands
this covenant into the Abrahamic Covanant (Gen. 17) and finally it is
expanded into the Mosaic Covenant upon the giving of the Torah at Sinai (Ex.
24:1-8; Deut. 5:1f) Deut. goes on to give the curses for not keeping the
covenant/obeying Torah (27:1-29:29) and a provision for the restoration of
the covenant (Deut. 30:1-33:29). The Renewed/New Covenant of Jer. 31:31f
closely parallels the restoration of the covenant in Deut. 30:1f. This will
include a regathering of Israel to the land (Deut. 30:3). This fits
perfectly with the BoM's restoration of the covenant (2Ne. 29:1; 1Ne.
14:7-8; 22:8-9; 3Ne. 20:1-22:1; 29:1-9; Ether 4:1-7, 15-16)
8. Remember, as the Bible and the Book of Mormon grow together Ephraim is
grafted into Judah and fed by the root of Judah and recieves a knowledge of
the covenant from Judah. Judah does not abandon the Mosaic Covenant to join
Ephraim, instead Ephraim joins to Judah and recieves a knowledge of the
covenant (Torah) from Judah.... WOW!
9. The root of Judah by which Ephraim is to be fed is certainly the Torah.
There can be no doubt that the root/foundation of Judaism is the Torah (Ex.
* 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) *
Jewishness of the Book of Mormon Website:
Listservers: Jewishness of the Book of Mormon;
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