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Relationship to Jacob. The relationship of Chapter 7 to the rest of Jacob is discussed at Jacob.
Story. Chapter 7 consists of ____ major sections:
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapter 7 include:
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- Jacob 7:4. This suggests that there were other peoples already in the land when the Lehites arrived with whom they interacted.
- Jacob 7:26. A comparison with 2 Ne 5:27 may suggest a significant difference in outlook between Jacob and Nephi. Jacob doesn't seem to be describing "the manner of happiness."
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- Jacob 7:1: Who was this Sherem and where did he come from?
- Jacob 7:2: How does this teaching relate to that of the later Anti-Christs Nehor and Korihor? Is there a historical connection between their beliefs?
- Jacob 7:2: Why might Sherem desire to "overthrow the doctrine of Christ"?
- Jacob 7:3: How many is "many hearts"? How many people are numbered among the Nephites? Are these all descendants of Nephi, Sam, Jacob, Joseph, and Zoram?
- Jacob 7:3: How big was this settlement if Sherem wasn't able to immediately "come unto" Jacob? Why might Sherem not be able to "come unto" Jacob?
- Jacob 7:4: How could Sherem have "a perfect knowledge of the language of the people" but not know Jacob?
- Jacob 7:4: What is the "language of the people"? Is this a form of Hebrew spoken by Lehi? Or is there a difference here between the language of Jacob and that of "the people"?
- Jacob 7:4: What does Jacob mean by "flattery" and "power of speech"? How are these connected to "the power of the devil"?
- Jacob 7:5: How does Satan try and shake us from the faith?
- Jacob 7:5: Why don't we have record of the visits made by angels to Jacob? What does it mean that angels "ministered" unto Jacob?
- Jacob 7:5: What does it mean to hear "the voice of the Lord...from time to time"?
- Jacob 7:5: How did having revelations, and the ministering of angels, and hearing the voice of the Lord make Jacob unshakable?
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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.
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