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|Title||KnoWhy #53 - Why Would a Book be Sealed? (2 Nephi 27:10)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||2 Nephi 27; 2 Nephi 27:10; Book; Legal; Old World; Sealed|
Important documents in the ancient Near East underwent a method of preservation that included doubling, witnessing, and sealing for authentication. Typically doubled, witnessed, and sealed documents pertained to legal or contractural matters. The Book of Mormon underwent a similar process, grounding it in the world of ancient Israel. By understanding this phenomenon, modern readers can better under the care Book of Mormon editors put in to preserving the Nephite record.
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