. . 1, p. 81], 1 Nephi 11:25 The tree of life (Illustration): Torah-shrine and symbolic tree in the ancient synagogue of Dura Europos. There is very little information in the New Testament concerning Mary. In Israelite tradition the bull formed part of the divine throne. Jehovah lamented the fact that the Jewish nation had forsaken Him, 'the fountain of living waters' (Jer. . Yet in the narrative, the visions are intertwined. To those who wanted to see the Father, to hear from God directly that Jesus was what He said He was, He answered, "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: . (B.H. Smith 23-30). Mary is his mother. . That the Holy Ghost is capable of manifesting himself in the true form and figure of God, after which image man is shaped, is indicated by the wonderful interview between the Spirit and Nephi, in which he revealed himself to the Prophet, questioned him concerning his desires and belief, instructed him in the things of God, speaking face to face with the man. While Nephi pondered the words of his father, a vision was opened to him. . In the City of Nazareth I Beheld a Virgin: However, as given in the JST, the men from the East asked Herod a more searching question: "Where. (1 Ne. As we look at Christ as the Creator, we are told in latter-day revelation that the extent of his creations is so vast that they cannot be numbered unto man (Moses 1:33, 35, 37). . A 10th-century cultic stand from Ta'anach, near Megiddo, features two representations of Asherah; first in human form and then as a sacred tree. Enoch stated the same idea in a much more dramatic form when he said the following: "And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations" (Moses 7:30). In that most burdensome moment of all human history, with blood appearing at every pore and an anguished cry upon His lips, Christ sought Him whom He had always sought--His Father. It is in this area that there was a great distinction between the religion of the Patriarchs and that of the Canaanites. Daniel C. Peterson. The scriptures say that their cup was full to overflowing. 1 Nephi chapter 1 is among the most read passages in the Book of Mormon simply because its first, but it deserves far more credit than that which accrues to it for being, as it were, page one on the small plates. "Another indication that the 'love of God' refers to Christ is the reference to the fountain. The lamb was prepared according to very strict specifications. It seems, in fact, that the virgin. Rather than being a sign of weakness, the recurrence of Book of Mormon events that were foreshadowed in biblical history, is yet another witness that the Book of Mormon is a true and accurate history. "Hosanna. 2, 2000, pp. ), "The gigantic, global collapse that is yet to come will not be that of a failing stock market, but the fall of hardened mind-sets and collective pride when it all finally tumbles. Jeffrey R. Holland writes that the relationship between Christ and His Father is one of the sweetest and most moving themes running through the Savior's ministry. * This concept was first taught and publicly announced in The Mormon (August 29, 1857, pp. 85-86 as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p.37), "The world is still fighting the apostles of the Lamb because they represent the truth and the world rejects the truth. Every thing else is just an imitation. ", In a bittersweet comment on this loss of scripture, Maxwell writes that one cannot help but wonder what might have happened if, when Herod inquired of the scripturalists of his time concerning Jesus, those advisers had had access to or understood the fulness of the scriptures. According to McConkie and Millet, the words of Jehovah through his servant Jeremiah are particularly insightful in identifying Christ himself with this joint symbol. The great distinction between the religion of the Patriarchs and that of their neighbors was their belief in the basic morality of God. . Nevertheless, some of the things that make it interesting are there specifically because it is first. She was, as Nephi's guide carefully stressed, simply "the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh." When he gives the interpretation of the rod of iron, he shows Nephi the ministry of the Savior and His apostles as they taught the word of God. Likewise, Latter-day Saints do not worship, nor do they pray to Her. Joseph Smith changed this phrase to "mother of the Son of God" (1 Nephi 11:18) in the 1837 and 1840 editions of the Book of Mormon, and all subsequent editions have retained the alteration. Nephi's tone here shows that he is overwhelmed and astonished that the Savior of the world could be judged by wicked men. The First Book of Nephi can be broken down into six sections (below). There is not just one right way when it comes to studying the scriptures. She had lived with him only seven years. Now the excerpts which follow are taken from an article by Fred Collier ("The Common Origin of Ancient Hebrew/Pagan Religion and the Demise of the Hebrew Goddess"). In the Ebla tablets, which date to around 2500 B.C., we also find the concept of the divinized Word. . Significantly, though, it was only when she appeared with a baby and was identified as "the mother of the Son of God" that Nephi grasped the tree's meaning. Here is the Orphic figure who is playing music of beautiful harmony. . And he said to them, This is the message of Yahweh, the God of Israel, Gird on your sword, every man of you, and quarter the camp from gate to gate, killing one his brother, another his friend, another his neighbor" . 7: 1 Nephi to Alma 29, p. 1 Nephi 1. And if we carried that same scale on to the edge of the known universe, we would have a stack of paper thirty-one million miles high or a stack of paper that would stretch from the earth nearly one third of the way to the sun.254, When we consider the incredible vastness of the numbers of creations, all of which were completed under the direction of the Father by the Only Begotten, we begin to sense the position, the majesty and power that were his before his coming to earth. . . ), "There have been and will be times in each of our lives when such faith must be the bottom line: We don't know what is happening to us or around us, but we know that God loves us, and knowing that, for the moment, is enough." Another method of depicting Asherah was to carve the figure of a woman in a log and plant it upright in the ground like an Indian totem pole. She is the tree.301, Peterson adds that the menorah, the seven branched candelabrum that stood for centuries in the temple of Jerusalem, supplies an interesting parallel to all of this: Leon Yardmen maintains that the menorah represents a stylized almond tree. (On Becoming a Disciple Scholar, p. Most especially Nephi invites parallels to Christ himself. Chapter 7 provides us with the account of the family of Ishmael's joining Lehi and his family in the wilderness. to the temple service. John was shown the close relationship between the celestial tree of life and the fountain of living waters, 'he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. The 'fountain of living water' is a type of Christ as the source of life with regard to both immortality and eternal life." But he stood there, he endured, he suffered, he condescended." . Yardmen also argues that the archaic Greek name of the almond (amygdala, reflected in its contemporary botanical designation s Amygdalin communis), almost certainly not a native Greek word, is almost likely derived from the Hebrew e gedolah, meaning "Great Mother. for ever,," as recorded in Isaiah 9:6-7. 1 Ne. 1 Nephi 11:25 The Tree of Life Was a Representation of the Love of God: Brant Gardner notes that Nephi had asked to do two things, to see what his father saw, and to understand the meaning of it. According to Parpola, "a perfect king was two thirds god and one third man . In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life...let him that is athirst come. But, finally, they promised the Lord that a child of theirs would be dedicated to the Lord, i.e. Although it is unknown to whom the prophecy refers, the fragment states: [X] shall be great upon the earth. Only in our own century have we begun to sense the vastness of the universe. A boy of obscure parentage would not have had a chance to remain among the learned doctors for several days, as he did. (Robert J. Matthews, "A Greater Portrayal of the Master," Ensign, March 1983, p. 9). That this is so is still manifest in the fifth chapter of Genesis where the same words, "image" and "likeness" are used to describe the birth of Seth and the resemblance which he bore to his father Adam.262 On two different occasions the New Testament perpetuates this same tradition: first in the book of Luke where it states that Adam was the son of God just as Seth was the son of Adam (Luke 3:38); and then again in Acts where it is declared that "we are the offspring of God." and together they ruled supreme among the gods. In that vision Nephi wanted to know the meaning of the tree that his father had seen and that he himself now saw (see 1 Nephi 11:8-11). It is often assumed that the Spirit which begins to show Nephi the dream is the same individual as the angel who finishes the vision. For example, they point to similarities between Lehi's journey through the wilderness to the "promised land" of the Americas as reminiscent of Moses's journey through the wilderness to the "promised land" of Palestine (Exodus 12-40; 1 Nephi 1-18). Summary of 1 Nephi. I believe we know something of His condescension-as God the Creator, Redeemer, Exemplar. That she was a regular visitor in the temple, well known by the officials in the sacred edifice, is also indicated by the story of the appearance of her divine Son there at the age of twelve years. . It is also possible, considering the fact that the small plates of Nephi were made some years after this vision, that the term "Lamb of God" became part of Nephi's vocabulary at this time, and was incorporated into his later description of his father's vision. Perhaps we should "look and behold the condescension of God" in our own lives. The first is to identify the baby as the one who would fulfill the Messianic role, and the other is to clearly identify the Eternal Father as the very father of the child: "And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! All rights reserved. Again (like in 1 Nephi 11:18), this change was the case of editorial insertion by Joseph Smith. He suggests we 1) read the scriptures, 2) remember God's mercy and dealings with the children of men, and 3) ponder it in our hearts. What makes the scriptures different? [Thomas R. Valletta ed., The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families, 1999, p. 30]. 1, pp. [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 1, pp. [Daniel C. Peterson, "Nephi & His Asherah," in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies , FARMS, Vol. The Son of the Eternal Father . , and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water" (Jeremiah 2:13; italics added) [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet. “The gospel is But, as the Old Testament record faithfully attests, old ideas as basic to life and human nature as belief in a Mother in Heaven did not die easily! It is a powerful and unforgettable prophetic statement. At any rate, God can say the same thing twice, if he so chooses, even if critics of the Book of Mormon don't believe so. I Knew That It Was the Spirit of the Lord; and He Spake unto Me as a Man Speaketh with Another: To gain a sound gospel understanding, the truth seeker must determine in each scriptural passage what is meant by such titles as Spirit, Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of God, Spirit of Truth. Mother and Father, they are the Great Father and the Great Mother, so called by the Indians, according to Las Casas; and they were in heaven. "It is the love of God . It seems as Sinai was a holy site where holy men prepared to lead covenant Israel to the Promised Land. The difference was not in the idea that they prayed to a different God, for they did not. [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon. In many instances this is not difficult; in some cases, however, abbreviated scriptural accounts leave so much room for doubt that nothing short of direct revelation can identify precisely what is meant. Here is an analogy to help us conceptualize the vastness of the universe. It had to be roasted whole in an upright position, and this was done by making a stand with branches from a pomegranate tree lashed together in the shape of the ancient Hebrew letter Tav (+). Images to Asherah were erected all over the hill country, almost as it were under every green tree, and whole communities would go up to these altars and have an orgy. The virgin birth has been doubted by many skeptics. Ascending a mountain to commune with God symbolizes an attempt to leave the world behind and draw nearer to the Lord. (Mitchell Dahood, "The Temple and Other Sacred Places in the Ebla Tablets," in Truman Madsen, editor, The Temple in Antiquity, 1984:86), [Michael T. Griffith, Refuting the Critics, p. 101] [See the commentary on Alma 5:34; Helaman 5:47]. [Neal A. Maxwell, Plain and Precious Things, pp. Heading Contents Heading Verse 1 Verse 2 Verse 3 Verse 4 Verse 5-6 Verse 7 Verse 8 Verse 9-10 Verse 11-15 Verse 16-17 Verse 18-20 Ancient Style Of Heading - Chapters and books of the bible often start with a heading introduction. A careful study of these chapters reveals that Nephi's vision of the history of the world ties in perfectly with the vision of the tree of life. In other terms, the Word, the Logos, was already divinized in third-millennium Canaan . The Septuagint suggests that they were having a sex orgy, and most scholars and commentaries agree that this is the case. "who brought you out of the land of Egypt! So astronomers have come up with a measurement called the "light year" or the distance that light traveling at approximately 186,000 miles-per-second will travel in a year's time. Why would Nephi see a connection between a tree and the virginal mother of a divine child? According to McConkie and Millet, the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon reads as follows: "And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people, yea. Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.'" "260 He was also married and His wife's name was Asherah,261 and together they ruled supreme among the gods. "and of the people about three thousand men perished that day."294. What is significant here is that anthropomorphic polytheism along with belief in a Father and Mother in Heaven was one of the most fundamental beliefs. 8:26, 27). . All this, except the accounts given by the evangelists, is tradition. 1 Ne 11:1 I was caught away...into an exceedingly high mountain. President Ezra Taft Benson taught, 'It means to descend or come down from an exalted position to a place of inferior station.' In 1 Nephi 11:21 mention is made of the "Lamb of God." Here is the tree of life, and it's bearing all sorts of fruit. Before leaving this subject, a word should be said of Anna, the prophetess, mentioned by Luke. They knew that God was a man, but it was contrary to their law for them to portray Him as such through the use of any drawing, image or idol. Nephi testified: 'It came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great. According to Assyrian royal inscriptions, kings were called and predestined to their office from the beginning of time.". Herod was told by the scribes that the prophets had written, "And thou, Bethlehem, which lieth in the land of Judea, in thee shall be born a prince, which art not the least among the princes of Judea; for out of thee shall come the Messiah, who shall save my people Israel." My suspicions are not, however, essential to the fundamental thesis of this paper, which is simply that the representation, by a tree, of a divine consort bearing a divine child--to us a rather unexpected juxtaposition--was intelligible to Nephi because, whatever his personal opinion of Asherah may have been, such symbolism was familiar to him. The 'fountain of living water' symbol in the scriptures refers to Jehovah or Jesus. the Tree: Brant Gardner notes that after the brief introduction of the miracle of Christ's birth, the angel does two important things for Nephi. The Spirit of the Lord, contemplating the great faith of Nephi, and his desire for knowledge, cries with a loud voice, 'Hosanna to the Lord!' [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes], The first edition of the Book of Mormon (1830) reads as follows: "Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is. . . These were fifteen-foot tall winged humans who were plated with gold and set in the Holy of Holies. To be sure it was the image which inspired their transgression, but it was what Moses found them doing when he came down from the mount which was so abhorrent. (John 18:11). Book of Mormon Commentary 1 Nephi 11 Page 1 of 9 A Comparison of Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision Reference Lehi’s Dream: 1 Nephi 8 Nephi’s Vision: 1 Nephi 11-14 Reference 8:4 Dark and dreary wilderness High mountain 11:1 8:5 Man dressed in white robe Spirit speaks 11:2,11 8:6 Man leads the way Spirit’s introductory questions 11:2 1-2]. I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me" (John 5:30). According to Laurette Sejourne, the ancient Americans believed in "a place where there are the great God and Goddess. . . (Not My Will, But Thine, p. They knew that God was a man, but it was contrary to their law for them to portray Him as such through the use of any drawing, image or idol. However, the Holy Ghost does not possess a body of flesh and bones, as do both the Father and the Son, but is a personage of spirit. Even in the creation, the first law of heaven as decreed by God was to "multiply and replenish the Earth. The result was that the use of nay image or idol as a symbol for God's person was outlawed. For the inhabitants of ancient Arabia the palm also represented a king who did the same. "Abba," He cried, "Papa," or from the lips of a younger child, "Daddy" (Mark 14:36). Nor was the difference to be found in the practice of their rituals. . And he said to them, This is the message of Yahweh, the God of Israel, Gird on your sword, every man of you, and quarter the camp from gate to gate, killing one his brother, another his friend, another his neighbor" . . It seems, in fact, that the virgin is the tree in some sense. [George Potter & Richard Wellington, Discovering Nephi's Trail, Chapter 3, pp. [George Potter & Richard Wellington, Discovering Nephi's Trail, Chapter 1, p. 6, Unpublished], 1 Nephi 11:3 I [Nephi] desire to behold the things which my father saw (Illustration): Nephi's Vision [Clark Kelley Price, Verse Markers, Book of Mormon, Vol. This unusual phrase, "condescension of God," deserves some comment. Plainly, such expressions as being filled with the Holy Ghost, and His falling upon persons, have reference to the powers and influences that emanate from God, and which are characteristic of Him; for the Holy Ghost may in this way operate simultaneously upon many persons even though they be widely separated, whereas the actual person of the Holy Ghost cannot be in more than one place at a time." Thus it appears that of the 370 years during which the Solomonic Temple stood in Jerusalem, for no less than 236 years (or almost two-thirds of the time) the statue of Asherah was present in the Temple, and her worship was a part of the legitimate religion approved and led by the king, the court, and the priesthood and opposed by only a few prophetic voices crying out against it at relatively long intervals.". The, makes the following statement: "The rabbis report that the golden calf was made as a replica of the bull in the divine throne. (Robert J. Matthews, "A Greater Portrayal of the Master,". "290, It is [Fred Collier's] opinion that the real cause for offense on this occasion is to be found in the nature of the celebration which they held the following day in honor of Yahweh/El. . Mitchell Dahood says the following: From the biblical point of view, perhaps the most dramatic place name [in the Ebla tablets] is MEE 1,6523 = TM.76.G.525 rev. The scriptures say that their cup was full to overflowing. . Come, Follow Me Daily Study Guide for the week of January 13-19, 2020 covering 1 Nephi 8-10. . Asherah was associated with trees.300 A 10th-century cultic stand from Ta'anach, near Megiddo, features two representations of Asherah; first in human form and then as a sacred tree. See John W. Welch, Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and Sermon on the Mount: An Approach to 3 Nephi 11–18 and Matthew 5–7 (Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999). into an Exceedingly High Mountain (Potter): While living in the valley of Lemuel, Lehi had a dream in which he saw a tree with fruit that was "most sweet, above all that [he] ever before tasted" (1 Nephi 8:10-12). First and Second were added to the titles of the Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. 9, Num. Nephi's Vision. This is the tree of life, and it is right over the main shrine (this is where the Shrine of the Torah was) of this very ancient synagogue--the oldest Jewish church we know of. 1 Nephi 11. . [George Potter & Richard Wellington, , Chapter 3, pp. . The scriptures tell us that after they had offered sacrifices, "then all the people sat down to eat and drink, and afterwards got up to amuse themselves. Terryl L. Givens notes that in the 1837 edition, the words "Son of" were inserted before the Deity title in four verses: 1 Nephi 11:18, 11:21; 11:32, and 13:40. . [Thomas R. Valletta ed.. Both spent 40 days in the wilderness, both climbed a mountain for spiritual renewal, both performed healings, raised the dead, caused food to be multiplied, the lives of both were threatened. "and of the people about three thousand men perished that day. "President Benson stated, 'When the great God of the universe condescended to be born of a mortal woman, He submitted Himself to the infirmities of mortality to 'suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death' (Mosiah 3:7). But before I do, I will also note that this vision of Nephi's concerning Mary and the Son of God has many similarities to a vision given to King Benjamin. . But would someone in Nephi's time and place have understood the association between a tree, probably a date palm, and the Son of God? Here is Joseph blessing Ephraim and Manasseh, or Isaac blessing Jacob and Esau. According to Raphael Patai, for hundreds of years the image of Asherah stood next to the altar of Yahweh/El in the temple and as such both Yahweh/El and Asherah were understood to be Husband and Wife, the supreme God and Goddess of the universe. Only in our own century have we begun to sense the vastness of the universe. For personal and/or family study of the scriptures, geared towards 8 years old and older. [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. Roberts. . It is also mentioned in an early poem by Eliza R. Snow called "O May Father," which was alter set to music and has become a favorite LDS hymn.303, An evidence that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church is the fact that the ancient Americans also believed in a Mother in Heaven. (McConkie and Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. Christ in the New World. It seems at first glance as if Nephi is shown two separate visions: one of the vision of the tree of life and another of the history of the world beginning with the birth of the Savior. 1 Nephi 16. . . Still in both Israelite and Canaanite religion, El's cultic symbol was the bull. . 2, 2000, pp. Bruce R. McConkie expresses the first view: To gain a sound gospel understanding, the truth seeker must determine in each scriptural passage what is meant by such titles as Spirit, Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of God, Spirit of Truth. The scriptures are like a symphony. (Dennis and Sandra Packard, "Pondering the Word," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, p. 51). Not understanding, she told Him that the well was deep and that He did not have anything with which to draw. (Ensign, Dec. 2001, 18-20), "Will there be perplexities? "And all the sons of Levi rallied to him. She had lived with him only seven years. Nephi’s vision, which stands at the center of the book of 1 Nephi, is four chapters long. Significantly, though, it was only when she appeared with a baby and was identified as "the mother of the Son of God" that Nephi grasped the tree's meaning. The angel then says to Nephi: "Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!" Joseph Smith changed this phrase to "mother of the Son of God" (1 Nephi 11:18) in the 1837 and 1840 editions of the Book of Mormon, and all subsequent editions have retained the alteration. . 11:16). This is because the Kings James version was based on the Masoretic Text which was tampered with by Jewish interpreters in an effort to remove the implication of Asherah worship. ." It was discovered a few years ago and excavated at Dura-Europos on the Tigris, well into Asia there. That distance turns out to be approximately six trillion miles. 1 Nephi 11:1 I Was Caught Away . . into an exceedingly high mountain (Illustration-Potter): Richard and George at Arabian candidate for mount Sinai, eight miles south of Jabel Al-Lawz. He repeats the theme that he was not only obedient and "did believe all the words which had been spoken by [his] father" (1 Nephi 2:16, 11:5), but that he sought to know the things which his father knew (1 Nephi 2:16, 10:17; 11:3). . Beginning at verse 1, 1 Nephi 10. Now before any of you jump out of your skin, you should realize that there was more than one form of idolatry, and the form to which the Patriarchs subscribed was not the worship of a stone or a carved image under the delusion that it was God. [Alan C. Miner, Personal Notes]. Nephi sees the Spirit of the Lord and is shown in vision the tree of life—He sees the mother of the Son of God and learns of the condescension of God—He sees the baptism, ministry, and crucifixion of the Lamb of God—He sees also the call and ministry of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb. (Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., eds., Fourth Nephi through Moroni: From Zion to Destruction [Provo: BYU Religious Studies Center, 1995], 210. He descended to be baptized of man, even though He was perfect and sinless. The mist of darkness are the temptations of the devil which overcame the Nephites who were destroyed by the destructions which accompanied the crucifixion of the Savior and by the Lamanites in the final battle. Was Lifted up upon the Cross and Slain for the Sins of the World: Donna Nielsen notes that the last night that Christ spent with his disciples was during Passover, a beautiful feast celebrated by the Jews to commemorate their deliverance from Egypt, slavery, and death. This association of the mother of God with the date palm and the image of the mother nursing the god/king is also one of Near Eastern origin. 9. Ishtar corresponded to Asherah the wife of the supreme Canaanite god El, who was, as Daniel Peterson points out, depicted as a virgin. The stone pillar was to symbolize the presence of the Father God, El, and it is believed by many that these sacred stones were the original meaning behind such divine names as "the Stone of israel," or "The Rock of Jacob.". The latter "assumption" is based on the story that the apostles, three days after her interment, found the tomb empty. The tops of the mountains are conceptually in the havens and are therefore a logical place for meetings with deity (or the Spirit). of the Jews?" Allen & David Richardson and Anthony Bentley note that Book of Mormon critics have often charged that Joseph Smith was an amateur fraud and that he plagiarized many biblical stories and placed them in the Book of Mormon. . They are filled with truths of eternal importance, often packed so closely together, that you can't get all the meaning on the first pass. (It is worth noting that of Abraham, God said, "I know him, . "291, It is this terse comment on the end which wants looking into. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.' 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