Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



ancient Near East, Biblical law, John W. Welch, "Series of Laws in the Book of Mormon", Code of the Covenant, Exodus 20-23


Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical laws were written according to certain stylistic conventions. Two such formal aspects of ancient law have recently been used to sharpen our understanding of Nephite law as well. In "Series of Laws in the Book of Mormon," John W. Welch examines ten significantly consistent law lists from which one can reconstruct a fairly clear picture of the underlying Nephite law code and its relationship to the Code of the Covenant in Exodus 20-23.