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A Link to Lehi's Ancestry and Posterity, 1 Nephi 5:10-22

1 Nephi 5:10-22

Lehi, upon obtaining the Plates of Brass, searched them to gain a greater appreciation for what was contained therein. The record had the following information:
  • The five books of Moses, presumably the same as we have in the Old Testament.
  • An account of the creation and also Adam and Eve.
  • A history of the Jews from the beginning up until the reign of Zedekiah.
  • Prophecies of the holy prophets from the beginning (presumably Adam) down to the present time, including many of the word of Jeremiah (Lehi's contemporary).
  • A genealogy of Lehi's paternal line which linked him directly to Joseph of Egypt.
This last point is interesting, for it seems that he was not fully aware of this connection until he read these plates. Nephi states, "And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers."(vs. 16) For Lehi and Nephi, this then becomes more than the sacred texts that are to preserver their posterity, it is a record and a reminder of their ancestry.