First Year of the Reign of Zedekiah
From Book of Mormon Central Notes
Nephi (1 Ne. 1:4) mentions that the events that he records in his book begin "in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah." Nephi would later record that the Lord revealed that the Messiah would come six hundred years from the time his father, Lehi, departed from Jerusalem that same year (1 Ne. 10:4).
Scholars, basing their findings on a wide variety of evidence, generally date the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah to 597 B.C.
David J. Larsen
S. Kent Brown and David Rolph Seely, “Jeremiah’s Imprisonment and the Date of Lehi’s Departure,” The Religious Educator, vol. 2, no. 1 (2001).
John Pratt, “Book of Mormon Chronology,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, et al. 4 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1992) 1:169-171.
Spackman, Randall P. “Introduction to Book of Mormon Chronology: The Principal Prophecies, Calendars, and Dates.” Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1993.
David R. Seely, “Chronology, Book of Mormon,” Book of Mormon Reference Companion, Dennis Largey, ed. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003) 198.
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