Understanding the Scriptures
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Title Page—What Is Meant by “House of Israel,” “Jew,” and “Gentile”?
Jacob, the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham, was given the name Israel by the Lord (see Genesis 32:28). “The house of Israel” refers to his descendants (see Bible Dictionary, “Israel,” "Israel, kingdom of," p. 708). “Jew” referred originally to a person belonging to the tribe of Judah, but has also come to mean anyone from the kingdom of Judah, even if he or she is not actually of the tribe of Judah (see Bible Dictionary, "Jew," p. 713). “Gentile” means “nations,” and refers to those who are not of the house of Israel or those who do not believe in the God of Israel (see Bible Dictionary, "Gentile," p. 679). In the Book of Mormon the word Gentiles can also refer to those who lived in or came from nations outside the land of Israel, regardless of their lineage.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study the title page of the Book of Mormon.
Find the Purposes
In the first paragraph of the title page, Moroni explained that the Book of Mormon was “written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation.” In the second paragraph he gave several purposes, or reasons why God commanded that these records be kept. Find as many of those purposes as you can and write them in your notebook. Circle one that is most meaningful to you.