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Relationship to Jacob. The relationship of Chapters 5-6 to the rest of Jacob is discussed at Jacob.
Story. Chapters 5-6 consists of ____ major sections:
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapters 5-6 include:
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The allegory of the olive tree is a very complex piece of literature that has great meaning that can really help us to live our lives. As we see the reactions of the lord of the vineyard we see how God will react to our works and see how he will try to save us, and also how we can be punished if we do not repent.
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- Jacob 5:16-20: What does the fruit represent?
- Suggested answer: According to a chart showing symbols in the allegory in the Sunday School manual click here, the fruit is a symbol of the works people perform (their lives). Sometimes it's "good," and sometimes it's "bad."
- Suggested answer: The souls of righteous people.
Prompts for life application
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Prompts for further study
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- Jacob 6:5: What does it mean to cleave unto God? How does God cleave unto us?
- Jacob 6:6:Why is the wording of this verse nearly identical to this verse in the Old Testament: "To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (see Heb 3:15 and Heb 4:7)?
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- LDS Institute Book of Mormon Student Manual (PDF version): Jacob 5-7 (16/56). Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2009. The explanation here of the allegory of the olive tree is one of the more useful chapters in the Institute Manual and is very helpful.
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