I have an 1830 edition. So in reading Chapter I, it is very apparent that Genesis patriarchal imagery is set within a time period of Zedekiah and Judah’s apostasy.
But there is no mentioning of Jesus or Only Begotten. So why is Jesus and reference to Him as Only Begotten in the JST of Genesis and not here in the opening chapters of the Book of Mormon? I would have expected that. Would anyone like to comment on this?
Chapter II brings out the opposite result of the Garden of Eden – desirable fruit to make one happy. And interestingly, I have heard the term: “Rod of Iron” Mormons on the “straight and narrow path”. Is this the description of those who hold fast to the LDS scriptures and do not listen to any “anti-Mormons.” The dreaded antis seem to be those “mocking and pointing their fingers.” If a “Rod of Iron” Mormon listens too closely to the message of “Anti”, he or she could “fall away into forbidden paths” and be “lost”?
Is this why some LDS in Idaho Falls say my blog is terrible without ever reading it? They fear losing their grip on the rod of iron?
Upon careful reading of Chapter III, I have noticed references so far to Genesis, Isaiah, and the apostle John’s writings, perhaps, because this is exactly the three sources that I am studying with my church family. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
I have a question about Jesus’ baptism at Bethabara. Are all LDS scholars convinced that it is Bethabara rather than Bethany or somewhere unknown as the place of baptism?
Also, these statements stood out to me:
“the course of the Lord is one eternal round.”
“Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over all the earth” – Is this the Father?
“Behold, the virgin which thou seest, is the mother of God, after the manner of the flesh.” – Is Jesus to be identified as God?
“behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father!” – Is Jesus the Father?
“they became a dark and loathsome, and a filthy people”
“they have taken away from the Gospel of the Lamb, many parts which are plain and most precious . . . they might pervert . . . they might blind . . .” – Who are these people?
“that the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father and the Saviour of the world”
“that he might lead away the souls of men down to Hell” – Is this just a hyberbole and not to be taken literally?
“Behold, there is, save it be, two churches: the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the Devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God, belongeth to the great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.” – Who should be identified as the church of the Lamb of God and who should be identified as the church of the Devil?