Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Ancient Near East, Lehi's Journey, Bible, Old Testament, Law of Moses, Book of Mormon, Civilization, Culture, Lehi


After the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi left Jerusalem with his family, he built an altar in the wilderness and offered a sacrifice to God. This practice appears to contradict biblical law as outlined in Deuteronomy 12, which states that sacrifices should be made only on an altar within a temple. However, David Rolph Seely provides three possible explanations as to why Lehi was not breaking the law of Moses.