First Nephi 16-18
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Setting. The story resumes when ...
Relationship to First Nephi. The relationship of Chapters 16-18 to the rest of First Nephi is discussed at First Nephi.
Story. Chapters 16-18, the narrative portion in the second half of First Nephi, consists of three major sections:
- First Nephi 16: The land journey
- First Nephi 17: Building the boat
- First Nephi 18: The water journey
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapters 16-18 include:
- Brass and steel. Nephi juxtaposes a steel object (Nephi's bow) whose great military strength is unable to save them with another object made of soft brass (the Liahona) that does have the power to save but because it conveys the word of the Lord.
- Increasing hardheartedness of Laman and Lemuel.
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- LDS Institute Book of Mormon Student Manual (PDF version): Chapter 5/56: 1 Nephi 16-18. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2009.
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