Coronation of King Mosiah

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Question: What were the Jewish overtones in the coronation ceremony of King Mosiah?

Answer: Having the people gather together in families, and set their tents facing the temple, is similar to festivities associated with the Israelite Festival of Booths and the Passover practice specified in the Talmud.

The offering of “sacrifice and burnt offerings according to the law of Moses” in the festivities also suggest strong Jewish overtones.

“And they also took of the firstlings of their flocks, that they might offer sacrifice and burnt offerings according to the law of Moses.” (Mosiah 2:3)

The fact that the festivities took place near the temple, and involved sacred covenants, also reveals a Jewish influence in the coronation ceremony.

Source: 400 Questions and Answers About the Book of Mormon by Susan Easton Black, p. 135