Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem

Imagine Jerusalem around 600 BC, the world of Lehi, Sariah, Laban, Zoram, Josiah, and Jeremiah. How did people live? What motivated them? And what eventually destroyed their city? The answers to such questions foster better understanding of the prophetic words of Lehi, Nephi, and Jacob in the Book of Mormon.

Much of that era was lost forever when Jerusalem met its prophesied fate and was destroyed by the Babylonians. The Temple of Solomon and the city walls were torn down, buildings burned, treasuries looted, people killed or deported, records lost or destroyed, and certain religious beliefs changed or extinguished. Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem offers modern readers a vivid look at revealing events in a crucial quarter century in world history. Nineteen distinguished scholars unite their expertise in varied disciplines to discuss what is known about Jerusalem around 600 BC, an axial period that shaped the contours of civilizations—including those depicted in the Book of Mormon—for centuries to come.

Ranging in coverage from aspects of ordinary domestic life to extraordinary religious institutions, the topics undertaken in this book shed light on politics, culture, archaeology, women, agriculture, literacy, law, history, prophecy, and religion in ancient Jerusalem from the vantage points of Israel, Egypt, Babylon, and Arabia.

About the Author

Robert D. Hunt

Table of Contents

  • Culturegram: Jerusalem 600 BC
  • Dramitis Personae: The World of Lehi (ca. 700–592 BC)
  • Lehi's House at Jerusalem and the Land of His Inheritance
  • A Woman's World in Lehi's Jerusalem
  • Agriculture in Lehi's World: Some Textual, Historical, Archaeological, and Botanical Insights
  • Israelite Inscriptions from the Time of Jeremiah and Lehi
  • Nephi's Written Language and the Standard Biblical Hebrew of 600 BC
  • Lehi and Egypt
  • Egyptian Society during the Twenty-sixth Dynasty
  • The Kingdom of Judah: Politics, Prophets, and Scribes in the Late Preexilic Period
  • The Trial of Jeremiah: A Legal Legacy from Lehi's Jerusalem
  • Lehi and Jeremiah: Prophets, Priests, and Patriarchs
  • Sacred History, Covenants, and the Messiah: The Religious Background of the World of Lehi
  • The Calling of Lehi as a Prophet in the World of Jerusalem
  • The Temple, the Monarchy, and Wisdom: Lehi's World and the Scholarship of Margaret Barker
  • What Did King Josiah Reform?
  • A Seething Pot in the North: International Affairs Leading Up to Lehi's Day
  • The Divine Justification for the Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem
  • How Could Jerusalem, "That Great City," Be Destroyed?
  • The Rechabites: A Model Group in Lehi's World
  • Jerusalem Connections to Arabia in 600 BC
  • Introduction
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Year: 2004
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893749
  • Page Count: 686
  • Price: $ 29.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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