The Growing Together of the Bible and the Book of Mormon
by Raymond C. Treat
In Second Nephi 2 we find a list of five things that are going to happen as the writings of the fruit of the loins of Joseph of Egypt (the Book of Mormon) and the fruit of the loins of Judah (the Bible) grow together:
And that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins,
And also that which shall be written by the fruit of the
loins of Judah,
Shall grow together
I Unto the confounding of false doctrines
2 And laying down of contentions
3 And establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins
4 And bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days
5 And also to the knowledge of my covenants saith the Lord [numbers added].
2 Nephi 2:20-23
We need to know that this process of growing together has already begun and is accelerating at a faster pace than most of us realize.
All Book of Mormon believers should be aware by now that the Lord is bringing forth more new enlightenment about the Book of Mormon than ever before. This new enlightenment has covered a whole range of subjects including geography, archaeology, linguistics, manuscripts and editions and spiritual topics.
Probably the most significant new information that has come forth deals with the Hebrew nature of the Book of Mormon, including poetry, Hebraisms, Hebrew culture and the importance of the ancient Hebrew covenant.
Has anything similar been happening with the Bible? New information about the ancient Hebrew nature of the Bible is definitely reaching a wider audience than ever before.
For example, the Hebrew nature of the Old Testament has always been acknowledged because it was originally written in Hebrew. Nevertheless, Bible scholars are continuing to discover new information about the Hebrew nature of the Old Testament in several areas, including Hebrew poetry.
However, one of the most dramatic Biblical developments is probably the new information on the ancient Hebrew nature of the New Testament (see "The Significance of Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus" p. 49).
What does all this mean to Book of Mormon believers? We know that God is the ultimate author of both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Therefore, the more the world knows about the ancient Hebrew nature of both books, the closer the books will "grow together" and the easier it will be to recognize that both have the same author.
The challenge of the five-part list of Second Nephi 2 to all those who claim to be Book of Mormon believers is clear-repent of your half-hearted approach to the Book of Mormon.Ask the Lord to show you your Book of Mormon work. If you ask the Lord in faith, believing that you will receive (Mosiah 2:36; 3 Nephi 8:51; 13:6; Mormon 4:84; Moroni 7:26), you will get an answer.
Make full use of all that the Lord is revealing about the ancient Hebrew nature of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He's revealing this information to bring these two books together.
Learn all about the ancient Hebrew covenant so you will know better how to keep your own covenant. Then you can look forward expectantly for the additional enlightenment needed to assist in the purpose of the Book of Mormon and of the Restoration Movement-restoring the knowledge of the covenants to the house of Israel.
This article taken from Recent Book of Mormon Developments vol. 2 p. 215.