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Come Follow Me 2024: 2 Nephi 26–30
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2 Nephi 26–30

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2 Nephi

Axelgard, Frederick W.. "1 and 2 Nephi: An Inspiring Whole." BYU Studies Quarterly 26, no. 4 (1986): 53-65.

Barratt, Tanner A. "Nephi's Messiah," Religious Educator 23, no. 3 (2022): 126–135.

Peterson, Christopher James. "Nephi and Effective Followership," Religious Educator 21, no. 2 (2020): 99-111.

Reynolds, Noel B.. "Chiastic Structuring of Large Texts: Second Nephi as a Case Study." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 41 (2020): 193-210.

Reynolds, Noel B.. "Chiastic Structuring of Large Texts: 2 Nephi as a Case Study." In Chiasmus: The State of the Art, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 177-192. Provo, UT/Springville, UT: BYU Studies/Book of Mormon Central, 2020.

Reynolds, Noel B.. "Nephi’s Small Plates: A Rhetorical Analysis." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 50 (2022): 99-122.

Reynolds, Noel B.. "Lehi’s Dream, Nephi’s Blueprint: How Nephi Uses the Vision of the Tree of Life as an Outline for 1 and 2 Nephi." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 52 (2022): 231-278.

Reynolds, Noel B. "The Nephite Prophets’ Understanding of Faith and Faithfulness," Religious Educator 21, no. 2 (2020): 73-97.

Reynolds, Noel B.. "The Nephite Metaphor of Life as a Probation: Rethinking Nephi's Portrayal of Laman and Lemuel." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 57 (2023): 231-280.

2 Nephi 26

Davis, Garold N. “Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon,” In Mormons, Scripture, and the Ancient World: Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson, ed. Davis Bitton. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1998, 277–303.

Reeve, Jr., Rex C.. "We Labor Dilligently to Persuade Our Children to Believe in Christ: 2 Nephi 25:21 to 26:11." In The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 259-267. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989.

Seely, David Rolph. "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30." In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 151-169. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

2 Nephi 26:1–9

Sloan, David E.. "Nephi's Convincing of Christ through Chiasmus: Plain and Precious Persuading from a Prophet of God." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6, no. 2 (1997): 67-98.

2 Nephi 26:8

Book of Mormon Central. “What Did the Book of Mormon Teach the Early Saints about Enduring Persecution? (2 Nephi 26:8).” KnoWhy 339 (July 14, 2017).

2 Nephi 26:13

Book of Mormon Central. “The Miraculous Translation of the Book of Mormon into Ukrainian (2 Nephi 26:13).” KnoWhy 483 (November 8, 2018).

2 Nephi 26:15–16

Hardy, Grant. “2 Nephi 26 and 27 as Midrash.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 24, no. 5 (2004): 2–3.

2 Nephi 26:16

Book of Mormon Central. “How Are the Words of the Book of Mormon Like “One That Hath a Familiar Spirit”? (2 Nephi 26:16).” KnoWhy 491 (December 6, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Does Nephi Use Isaiah 29 as Part of His Own Prophecy? (2 Nephi 26:16).” KnoWhy 52 (March 11, 2016).

Hoskisson, Paul Y. “The ‘Familiar Spirit’ in 2 Nephi 26:16.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 28, no. 6 (2008): 7.

Lindsay, Jeff. "“Arise from the Dust”: Insights from Dust-Related Themes in the Book of Mormon (Part 2: Enthronement, Resurrection, and Other Ancient Motifs from the “Voice from the Dust”)." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 22 (2016): 233-277.

Sheffield, William. "Voice from the Dust" In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. Vol. 4. New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Tvedtnes, John A.. "Book of Mormon Answers: "Fulness of the gospel" and "familiar spirit"." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 74.

2 Nephi 26:22

Mouritsen, Paul. “Bound with Flaxen Cords.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 21, no. 4 (2001): 2–3.

Smith, Gregory L.. "Gossamer Thin: 2 Nephi’s “Flaxen Cord” and the Anti- Masonic Thesis." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 30 (2018): 331-370.

2 Nephi 26:23

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Should Latter-day Saints Beware Fraudulent Artifacts? (2 Nephi 26:23).” KnoWhy 493 (December 13, 2018).

2 Nephi 26:24

Book of Mormon Central. “Why the Book of Mormon’s Depiction of a Loving God Fits with the Old Testament (2 Nephi 26:24).” KnoWhy 422 (April 5, 2018).

2 Nephi 26:26

Adams, Jr., William J.. "Synagogues in the Book of Mormon." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9, no. 1 (2000): 4-13, 76.

Thompson, A. Keith. "Nephite Insights into Israelite Worship Practices before the Babylonian Captivity." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 3 (2013): 155-195.

Welch, John W.. "Synagogues in the Book of Mormon." In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 193-195. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

2 Nephi 26:33

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Are So Few Women Mentioned in the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 26:33).” KnoWhy 391 (December 19, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Nephi Say That All Are Alike Unto God? (2 Nephi 26:33).” KnoWhy 278 (February 22, 2017).

Prestwich, Daniel J. "He Inviteth All to Come unto Him." Religious Educator 14, no. 3 (2013): 65–77.

2 Nephi 27

Seely, David Rolph. "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30." In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 151-169. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

2 Nephi 27:6

Book of Mormon Central. “How Did Emma Smith Help Bring Forth the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:6).” KnoWhy 386 (November 30, 2017).

Smith, Robert F., Gordon C. Thomasson, and John W. Welch. "What Did Charles Anthon Really Say?" In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 73-76. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

2 Nephi 27:9

Book of Mormon Central. “How Important was Oliver Cowdery in Bringing Forth the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:9).” KnoWhy 270 (February 3, 2017).

Brown, Amanda Colleen. "Out of the Dust: An Examination of Necromancy as a Literary Construct in the Book of Mormon." Studia Antiqua 14, no. 2 (2015): 27-37.

2 Nephi 27:10

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Would a Book Be Sealed? (2 Nephi 27:10).” KnoWhy 53 (March 14, 2016).

Tvedtnes, John A.. "Sealed Books." In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: "Out of Darkness Unto Light", 59-73. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

2 Nephi 27:13

Book of Mormon Central. “Is It Possible That a Single Author Wrote the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:13).” KnoWhy 399 (January 16, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central. “Who Are the "Few" Who Were Permitted to See the Plates? (2 Nephi 27:12–13).” KnoWhy 54 (March 15, 2016).

2 Nephi 27:14

Book of Mormon Central. “What Does Mary Whitmer Teach Us About Enduring Trials? (2 Nephi 27:14).” KnoWhy 455 (August 2, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central. “How Can We Be Strengthened by Lucy Mack Smith's Testimony of the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:14).” KnoWhy 379 (November 7, 2017).

Smith, Robert F.. "Textual Criticism of the Book of Mormon." In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 77-79. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

2 Nephi 27:15–20

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Martin Harris Consult with Scholars like Charles Anthon? (2 Nephi 27:15).” KnoWhy 514 (May 7, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central. “How Did Martin Harris Help Bring Forth the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:15).” KnoWhy 291 (March 24, 2017).

Kimball, Stanley B.. "The Anthon Transcript: People, Primary Sources, and Problems." BYU Studies Quarterly 10, no. 3 (1970): 325-352.

Sloan, David E.. "The Anthon Transcripts and the Translation of the Book of Mormon: Studying It Out in the Mind of Joseph Smith." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 2 (1996): 57-81.

Spencer, Joseph M. "The Book, the Words of the Book: What the Book of Mormon Says about Its Own Coming Forth." Religious Educator 17, no. 1 (2016): 64–81.

Welch, John W. “Doubled, Sealed, and Witnesses Documents.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 21, no. 6 (2001): 2–3

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Events Surrounding the Translation of the Book of Mormon, 1827–1828.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

Youngreen, Bruce. "And Yet Another Copy of the Anthon Manuscript." BYU Studies Quarterly 20, no. 4 (1980): 346-347.

2 Nephi 27:17

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Was the Heavenly Book Sealed with Seven Seals? (2 Nephi 27:17).” KnoWhy 541 (December 12, 2019).

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Sealed or Sealed–Up Documents.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

2 Nephi 27:19

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Would God Choose an Uneducated Man to Translate the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:19).” KnoWhy 397 (January 9, 2018).

2 Nephi 27:23

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did the Book of Mormon Come Forth as a Miracle? (2 Nephi 27:23).” KnoWhy 273 (February 10, 2017).

2 Nephi 27:26

Book of Mormon Central. “Did a “Magic World View” Influence the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:26).” KnoWhy 538 (October 31, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Is the Timing of the Book of Mormon’s Translation So “Marvelous”? (2 Nephi 27:26).” KnoWhy 506 (March 15, 2019).

2 Nephi 28

Seely, David Rolph. "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30." In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 151-169. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

Underwood, Grant. "Insights from the Early Years: 2 Nephi 28-30." In The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 323-339. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989.

2 Nephi 28:3–4

Largey, Dennis L.. "The Enemies of Christ: 2 Nephi 28." In The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 287-305. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989.

Largey, Dennis L.. ""Enemies of Righteousness": The Book of Mormon Identifies Latter-day Forces That Oppose the Lord." Ensign 19, no. 12 (1989): 6-11.

2 Nephi 28:8

Rust, Richard Dilworth. "Taste and Feast: Images of Eating and Drinking in the Book of Mormon." BYU Studies Quarterly 33, no. 4 (1993): 743-752.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “The Ways of the Devil.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

2 Nephi 28:21

Book of Mormon Central. “How Does the Devil Lead Us Astray? (2 Nephi 28:21).” KnoWhy 55 (March 16, 2016).

2 Nephi 28:28

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Helaman Want His Sons to Remember to Build upon the Rock? (Helaman 5:12).” KnoWhy 332 (June 28, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Helaman Compare Christ to a Rock? (Helaman 5:12).” KnoWhy 176 (August 30, 2016).

2 Nephi 28:30

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Nephi Say That People Had to Learn Things Line Upon Line? (2 Nephi 28:30).” KnoWhy 292 (March 27, 2017).

2 Nephi 28:32

Calabro, David. "“Stretch Forth Thy Hand and Prophesy”: Hand Gestures in the Book of Mormon." Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 21, no. 1 (2012): 46-59.

2 Nephi 29

Cloward, Robert A.. "Isaiah 29 and the Book of Mormon." In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 191-247. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

Parry, Donald W., and Janet L. Garrand Willis. "Notes on Vocabulary in Isaiah 2-11, 13-14, 29, 48-54." In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 409-422. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

Seely, David Rolph. "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30." In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 151-169. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

Tvedtnes, John A.. The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: "Out of Darkness Unto Light". Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

Tvedtnes, John A.. "Book of Mormon Answers: "Fulness of the gospel" and "familiar spirit"." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 74.

Underwood, Grant. "Insights from the Early Years: 2 Nephi 28-30." In The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 323-339. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989.

2 Nephi 29:2

Benson, Ezra Taft. The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God In The One Hundred and Forty-Fifth Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1975.

Dellenbach, Robert K.. The Translation Miracle of the Book of Mormon In The 165th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995.

2 Nephi 29:3–6

Newton, Dennis. "Nephi’s Use of Inverted Parallels." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 22 (2016): 76-106.

2 Nephi 29:4

Bowen, Matthew L.. "'What Thank They the Jews'? (2 Nephi 29:4): A Note on the Name 'Judah' and Antisemitism." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 12 (2014): 111-125.

2 Nephi 29:8

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Is There a Need for the Testimony of Two Nations? (2 Nephi 29:8).” KnoWhy 56 (March 17, 2016).

Book of Mormon Central. “Why New Testament Words and Phrases Are in the Book of Mormon Part 9: Above All, Were These Words Given by the Gift and Power of God? (2 Nephi 29:28).” KnoWhy 542 (December 19, 2019).

Carlson, Jr., A. Edward. "“Isn’t the Bible Enough?”." Ensign 16, no. 3 (1986): 54-55.

Petersen, Mark E.. “Evidence of Things Not Seen” In The One Hundred and Forty-Eighth Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1978.

2 Nephi 29:11

Tvedtnes, John A.. "Speech from the Dust." In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: "Out of Darkness Unto Light", 1-7. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

2 Nephi 30

Seely, David Rolph. "Nephi's Use of Isaiah 2-14 in 2 Nephi 12-30." In Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, edited by Donald W. Parry and John W. Welch, 151-169. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.

Underwood, Grant. "Insights from the Early Years: 2 Nephi 28-30." In The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 323-339. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989.

2 Nephi 30:3

Book of Mormon Central. “What Role Does the Book of Mormon Play in Missionary Work? (2 Nephi 30:3).” KnoWhy 288 (March 17, 2017).

2 Nephi 30:6

Book of Mormon Central. “What Does it Mean to be a White and Delightsome People? (2 Nephi 30:6).” KnoWhy 57 (March 18, 2016).

Campbell, Douglass. “White' or 'Pure': Five Vignettes.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 29, no. 4 (1996): 119–135.

Matthews, Robert J. “The New Publications of the Standard Works—1979, 1981.” BYU Studies Quarterly 22, no. 4 (1982): 387–424.

Skousen, Royal. “Textual Analysis of Book of Mormon Continues.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 25, no. 4 (2005): 3–4.

2 Nephi 30:7

Nicholson, John. "Questions and Answers - Gathering of the Jews." Improvement Era 5, no. 8 (1902): 628-633.

2 Nephi 30:8

Book of Mormon Central. “The Miraculous Translation of the Book of Mormon into Japanese (2 Nephi 30:8).” KnoWhy 524 (July 12, 2019).

2 Nephi 30:9–15

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Isaiah Passages Listed by Isaiah Reference.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Isaiah Passages Listed by Book of Mormon Reference.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

2 Nephi 30:17

Tvedtnes, John A.. "Speech from the Dust." In The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: "Out of Darkness Unto Light", 1-7. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.