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|Title||KnoWhy #319 - Why Did Lehi Divide His People Into Seven Tribes? (Jacob 1:13)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ancient America; Ancient Near East; Descent; Ishmaelite; Jacob 1:13; Jacobite; Josephite; Lamanite; Lemuelite; Mesoamerica; Nephite; Numerology; Parallel; Posterity; Tribe; Twelve Tribes; Zoramite|
When giving his final patriarchal blessings, Lehi organized his people into the following seven tribes: Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, Zoramites, Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites. The number seven was held sacred by biblical writers and by various peoples in ancient America, which may help explain why Lehi's seven tribes lasted through nearly a thousand years of Nephite history. Importantly, the Lord Himself referred to these same tribes in Doctrine and Covenants 3:16–18, suggesting that, like the twelve tribes of Israel, they will provide an enduring basis for family connections among the descendants of Lehi.
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