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Relationship to Book of Mormon. The relationship of Jacob to the Book of Mormon as a whole is discussed at Book of Mormon: Unities.
Story. Jacob consists of five major sections:
- Chapter 1: Jacob as faithful under-shepherd to Christ.
- Chapters 2-3: Jacob preaches about individual righteousness.
- Chapter 4: Testimony of Christ.
- Chapters 5-6: Jacob preaches about scattering and gathering.
- Chapter 7: Sherem as anti-Christ or anti-shepherd.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Jacob include:
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- B. Jacob preaches individual righteousness (Chapters 2-3)
- • Jacob's burden to call the people to repentance (2:1-11)
- • call to repentance regarding riches and pride (2:12-22)
- • call to repentance regarding multiple wives (2:23-35)
- • warning of physical destruction by Lamanites and eternal damnation (3:1-11)
- • Jacob writes upon the small plates of Nephi (3:12-14)
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Prompts for further study
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- The original 1830 edition of Jacob was divided into only five chapters (I-V). For the 1879 edition Parley Pratt further divided those five into the seven chapters (1-7) still used today. • I: 1 • II: 2-3 • III: 4-5 • IV: 6 • V: 7
References cited on this page.
- LDS Institute Book of Mormon Student Manual (PDF version): Jacob 1-4 (15/56) • Jacob 5-7 (16/56). Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2009.
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