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40. "Then Will I Gather Them In"

Chart 50: "Old Testament Passages Quoted by Jesus Christ in 3 Nephi," from Charting the New Testament

Jesus Christ spoke of his life and atonement as fulfillments of ancient prophecy. During his visit to the Americas, he quoted several Old Testament passages, all of which the children of Lehi apparently knew, to show how he fulfilled prophecy-and to explain to them their role as children of the covenant. For example, Jesus identified Lehi's descendants as those who, in the last days, will go among the Gentiles "as a lion among the beasts of the forest" (Micah 5:8-9, 3 Nephi 20: 16-17). In this chart the Old Testament passages quoted by Jesus are listed in the left column, with corresponding Book of Mormon references listed on the right-hand side.

"Remnants Gathered, Covenants Fulfilled," by Russell M. Nelson, in The Voice of My Servants: Apostolic Messages on Teaching, Learning, and Scripture

The gathering of remnants (3 Nephi 20: 12-13) and the fulfilling of that divine covenant are occurring in our day. Yet this big picture is obscure to the eye of many who focus upon bargains at supermarkets and rankings of favorite football teams. Let us examine our place in God's plan for HIs children and for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. We are part of a destiny known by relatively few people upon the earth.

"Covenants Taught through Chiasmus," by Eric William Graham, in BYU Religious Education 2009 Student Symposium

A prophecy of the Restoration of the gospel is found in chiasmic pattern in 3 Nephi 20-21.

"The Savior's Visit to America," by Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference Address, April 1987

The record of the Nephite history just prior to the Savior's visit reveals many parallels to our own day as we anticipate the Savior's second coming.

"Christ in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon," by David E. Bokovoy and John A. Tvedtnes, in Testaments: Links between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible

All of the key events, doctrines, and people of the Hebrew Bible point directly to Jesus' role as the Anointed One of Israel. This is the inspired message proclaimed so passionately by the ancient authors of the Book of Mormon: Jesus is the link between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible.

"Covenant Teachings in the Book of Mormon," by Victor L. Ludlow, in The Fulness of the Gospel: Foundational Teachings from the Book of Mormon

This article discusses all the cases where Christ made covenants with his people in the Book of Mormon. Of note is the instance in 3 Nephi, when Christ visites the Nephites in the Americas and puts away the Law of Moses for a new covenant.

"Jesus the Savior in 3 Nephi," by Robert J. Matthews, in The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9-30, This is My Gospel

This article discusses Jesus Christ's role in 3 Nephi. Third Nephi offers greater insight into the activity and scope of Jesus' work than that found in the New Testament alone. Matthew discusses the anticipation of Christ's coming, his miraculous appearance in the Americas, the doctrines he taught, and how Jesus Christ's coming is significant for the message of the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

"Jesus the Christ - Our Master and More," by Russell M. Nelson, in A Book of Mormon Treasury: Gospel Insights from General Authorities and Religious Educators

In a thoughtful overview, Elder Russell M. Nelson discusses how Jesus Christ fulfills each of Biblical and Book of Mormon titles attributed to him.

"Seeing Third Nephi as the Holy of Holies of the Book of Mormon," by John W. Welch, in Journal of the Book of Mormon and Restoration Scripture 19, no. 1

Third Nephi and its account of the ministry of the resurrected Jesus to the Nephites has long been seen as the pinnacle of the Book of Mormon. This text can also be viewed as the Holy of Holies of the Book of Mormon. Everything in 3 Nephi, especially the ministry of the Savior, echoes themes related to the temple and the presence of the Lord in the Holy of Holies. Themes such as silence, timelessness, unity, awe, and consecration confirm this interpretation.

Hyde, Paul Nolan. A Comprehensive Commentary of the Book of 3 Nephi. Orem, UT: Parrish Press, 2015.

3 Nephi 16

"Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon," by Garold N. Davis, in Mormons, Scripture, and the Ancient World: Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson

The last full chapters of Isaiah quoted in the Book of Mormon, Isaiah 52 and 54, are quoted by the Savior himself in 3 Nephi 16, 20, and 22 and are preceded by a lengthy and detailed commentary beginning in 3 Nephi 16. This article expounds on why Jesus would spend so much time on explaining and teaching Isaiah to the Nephites.

"Echoes from the Sermon on the Mount," by John W. Welch, in The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture

Quotations from the Sermon on the Mount and the Nephite "Sermon at the Temple" are seen throughout the Book of Mormon. He gave the Sermon in 3 Nephi 12-14 and then quoted from it significantly in 3 Nephi 15-28. This article helps readers understand the importance of the Sermon on the Mount and how it contributed to 3 Nephi as a whole.

3 Nephi 20

"Pattern and Purpose of the Isaiah Commentaries in the Book of Mormon," by Garold N. Davis, in Mormons, Scripture, and the Ancient World: Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson

Jesus quotes Isaiah 52 in 3 Nephi 20 and teaches on the gathering of Israel. This article shows the changes Jesus makes to the Isaiah text and how this shows the Isaiah quotations as meaningful, and not repetitive.

"Covenants Taught through Chiasmus," by Eric William Graham, in BYU Religious Education 2009 Student Symposium

A prophecy of the Restoration of the gospel is found in chiasmic pattern in 3 Nephi 20-21.

"Jesus' Covenant Teachings in Third Nephi," by Victor L. Ludlow, in Rediscovering the Book of Mormon: Insights that You May Have Missed Before

In 3 Nephi 20, Jesus begins a discourse on what it means to be a covenant people. This article explains the doctrines and teachings found therein that are unique to the

"The Doctrine of a Covenant People," by Joseph Fielding McConkie, in A Book of Mormon Treasury: Gospel Insights from General Authorities and Religious Educators

This article explains the nature of covenants in the gospel and how they have been used throughout history in the Old and New Testaments. This article focuses on Christ's ministry in 3 Nephi and how Christ made the Nephites a covenant people at Bountiful. This process included the calling of the twelve, Christ's sermon on covenants, the administration of the sacrament, and the preaching of the gospel.

"Remnants Gathered, Covenants Fulfilled," by Russell M. Nelson, in The Voice of My Servants: Apostolic Messages on Teaching, Learning, and Scripture

The gathering of remnants (3 Nephi 20: 12-13) and the fulfilling of that divine covenant are occurring in our day. Yet this big picture is obscure to the eye of many who focus upon bargains at supermarkets and rankings of favorite football teams. Let us examine our place in God's plan for HIs children and for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. We are part of a destiny known by relatively few people upon the earth.

"Annual FARMS Lecture: The Book of Mormon, Designed for Our Day," by Richard Dilworth Rust, in Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 2, no. 1

Rust examined literary aspects of the book that develop the primary purposes set out on the title page. He discussed the elements characteristic of an epic that will allow modern-day Lamanites to trust in the Lord's deliverance and detailed literary (especially poetic) presentations of covenants in the Book of Mormon. The covenants presented in the Book of Mormon can be found particularly in 3 Nephi. His promises to the house of Israel and the Gentiles can be found in 3 Nephi 20.

"Christ's Interpretation of Isaiah 52's "My Servant" in 3 Nephi," by Gay Strathearn, in Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 18, no. 1

3 Nephi 20-23 quotes Isaiah and refers to a "servant" of the Lord. Interpretations for this figure include Isaiah himself, the people of Israel, Joseph Smith, and Jesus Christ. This paper claims that the Book of Mormon itself may be the servant referenced in 3 Nephi 20-23. Both the servant and the Book of Mormon are portrayed as filling the same "great and marvelous" works in the gathering of Israel, reminding the Jews of their covenants with God, and bringing the Gentiles to Christ.

3 Nephi 21

"Isaiah's 'Other' Servant Songs," by Terry B. Ball, in The Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, The 38th Annual BYU Sidney B. Sperry Symposium

Terry Ball discusses the various chapters of Isaiah that mention a special "servant" and are often referred to as the "servant songs." While there are many interpretations of who the servant might be, this paper argues that the servant is Jesus Christ.

"The True Points of My Doctrine," by Noel B. Reynolds, in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 2

Reynolds identifies various Book of Mormon passages that specify aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as outlined in his previous 1991 article. These aspects such as repentance, baptism, the receiving of the Holy Ghost, can be found in abundance in the ministry of Christ in 3 Nephi.

"'All Things Which Have Been Given of God . . . Are the Typifying of Him': Typology in the Book of Mormon," by Richard Dilworth Rust, in Literature of Belief: Sacred Scripture and Religious Experience

The Book of Mormon fulfills its basic mission of testifying of Christ through a "pervasive typology" as well as by its direct statements, prophecies, and quotations. This paper defines typology, discusses Book of Mormon teachings regarding it, and then shows its application to Book of Mormon individuals, groups, and objects--with the golden book itself a type of Christ, the ultimate treasure.