How Beautiful upon the Mountains

Isaiah 52:7 is given four times in the Book of Mormon, with some variation.

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How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! (Isaiah 52:7)

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And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.
(1 Nephi 13:37)

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How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth; (Mosiah 12:21)

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Mosiah 15

[15] And O how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!
[16] And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still publishing peace!
[17] And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who shall hereafter publish peace, yea, from this time henceforth and forever!
[18] And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people;

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And then shall they say: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
(3 Nephi 20:40)

– Tom Irvine

Hebrew Book of Mormon Translation

Mansions

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John 14:2

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

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Enos 1:27

And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen.

Ether 12

[32] And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast prepared a house for man, yea, even among the mansions of thy Father, in which man might have a more excellent hope; wherefore man must hope, or he cannot receive an inheritance in the place which thou hast prepared.
[34] And now I know that this love which thou hast had for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father.
[37] And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.

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– Tom Irvine

Out of Egypt

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The Haggadah contains the order of the Passover Seder, which is a ritual feast.

The Haggadah commands us, “In each and every generation, a person is obligated to see him or herself as though he or she personally came out of Egypt.”

This remembrance is a common theme in the Book of Mormon

Therefore, lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God, in that God who was the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; and also, that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, and caused that they should walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and fed them with manna that they might not perish in the wilderness; and many more things did he do for them. (Mosiah 7:19)

Yea, I have always remembered the captivity of my fathers; and that same God who delivered them out of the hands of the Egyptians did deliver them out of bondage. (Alma 29:12)

And I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory; yea, and I will praise him forever, for he has brought our fathers out of Egypt, and he has swallowed up the Egyptians in the Red Sea; and he led them by his power into the promised land; yea, and he has delivered them out of bondage and captivity from time to time. (Alma 36:28)

– Tom Irvine

Hosanna

Hosanna (Hoshea na) – Hebrew for “Please save” or “save now.”

The Hebrew name for Jesus is: Yeshua, which means “He who saves.” (Matthew 1:19-21)

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3 Nephi 11 – The Resurrected Yeshua visits the Ancient American city Bountiful.

[10] Behold, I am Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach), whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

[11] And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

[12] And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.

[13] And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:

[14] Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

[15] And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

[16] And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:

[17] Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.

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1 Nephi 11:6

And when I had spoken these words, the Spirit cried with a loud voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over all the earth, yea, even above all. And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.

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See also:   3 Nephi 4:32

– Tom Irvine

Hebrew Book of Mormon Translation

Golden Rule, Ethic of Resiprocity

Hillel, the Elder, was a Rabbi who lived in Jerusalem. He died when Jesus was young. Jesus may have been familiar with Hillel’s teachings.

Shammai was a rival Rabbi to Hillel.

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Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai, and said to him: “Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot. Shammai pushed him aside with the measuring stick he was holding.

The same fellow came before Hillel, and Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it.”

– Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a

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Jesus taught:

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12 & 3 Nephi 14:12)

Hebraic Names in the Book of Mormon

In the Book of Mormon, Mulek was son of King Zedekiah, escaped the siege of Jerusalem (587 B.C.) and went with others to a place in the Western Hemisphere that they called the land of Mulek (Hel. 6:10). Later a region was named for Zarahemla, a descendant of Mulek (Mosiah 25:2).

The name Mulek is similiar to Melek, the Hebrew word for king.

Mulek’s formal name may have been MalkiYahu ben-ham Melek according to some Biblical scholars.

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The Bible has many examples of prophets with theological names. One example is Elijah which means Jehovah is God. Note that El is God in Hebrew and is including in the names Daniel, Samuel, Ezekiel and Joel.

The Book of Mormon also has theological name examples.

Lemuel means belonging to God in Hebrew. This was the name of a king briefly mentioned in Proverbs in the Old Testament. Lemuel is also the name of a son of Lehi and Sariah in the Book of Mormon.

The name Mosiah in the Book of Mormon is similar the to Hebrew Moshiach for Messiah.

Mosiah I was a Nephite prophet who led the Nephites from the land of Nephi to the land of Zarahemla and was later appointed king. He was the father of King Benjamin.

Mosiah II was Benjamin’s son and was king of the Nephite nation from about 124 BC to 91 BC.

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See also: Hebrew Names in the Book of Mormon

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– Tom Irvine

Hebrew Book of Mormon Translation