2 Nephi 3 to 5 – “We Lived After the Manner of Happiness”

February 12, 2024, to February 18, 2024

Nephi responds to his trials with a psalm of comfort and hope despite his grief, recorded in 2 Nephi 4.

“The Psalm of Nephi in an Age of Anxiety and Division,” Patrick Q. Mason, BYU Studies, vol. 62, no. 3

“The Psalm of Nephi” in 2 Nephi 4 reveals Nephi’s inner struggle with his sins, his enemies, and his family conflict. Discover how this psalm can inspire us to trust in God, seek healing, and pursue peace in our troubled times. 2 Nephi 4.

“The Psalm of Nephi: A Lyric Reading,” Steven P. Sondrup, BYU Studies, vol. 21, no. 3

One of the most beautiful passages in all of scripture is Nephi’s psalm in 2 Nephi 4, written shortly after Nephi’s father Lehi had died. The sensitive reading presented here unfolds the intent, emotion, and beauty of Nephi’s eloquent words. 2 Nephi 4.

“Lehi’s Last Will and Testament: A Legal Approach,” John W. Welch, The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure

John Welch takes the whole of 2 Nephi 1-4 and examines it in light of ancient Israelite family laws and customs. His analysis finds that Lehi’s final address to his family serves very much like a last will and testament and fits well in the ancient Israelite legal traditions. 2 Nephi 1–4.

“‘Life and Death, Blessing and Cursing:’ New Context for ‘Skin of Blackness’ in the Book of Mormon,” T. J. Uriona, BYU Studies, vol. 62, no. 3

In ancient Near Eastern cultures, a “skin of blackness” was often a symbol of death rather than a literal description of skin color. In this article, T. J. Uriona examines the phrase in context of Neo-Assyrian, Egyptian, Israelite, and other biblical cultures. 2 Nephi 5.

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