Here’s a chart I’ve been working on for scripture study that illustrates a pattern that seems to repeat itself fairly frequently in the history of God’s people:
|Exodus||Jeremiah 35||1st Maccabees 2||Dead Sea Scrolls||1 Nephi 2||2 Nephi 5||Omni 1||Mosiah 23-24||Alma 27||Ether||LDS Pioneers|
|minority||2:23-25||35:3,18-19||2:20,28||CD I: 6-10||2:4||5:6||X||X||X||1:41-42||pg. 90-92|
|society||3:19-20||35:14-16||2:6-7||CD I:1-10||2:1||5:1||1:10||X||27:2||1:33||pg. 97|
|persecuted||1:10-14||35:11||2:17-19,31-32||CD I:21-II:2||2:1||5:2||X||23:1||27:2||X||pg. 97|
|by Lord||3:8||X||X||CD I:11-13||2:2||5:5||1:12,16||23:1; 24:23||27:12||1:41-42||pg. 85|
|5- Led by a|
|prophet||3:10||X||X||1QpHab II:2-3||2:2||5:5||1:12||23:1||27:5||1:42||pg. 88|
|6- Depart into|
|wilderness||13:17-20||35:7,9-11||2:27-29||1 QH XII:6-9 (?)||2:2,4||5:5||1:12,16||23:3; 24:20,24||27:14||2:5||pg. 87|
|7- Take few|
|provisions||12:39||35:7-9||2:28||X||2:4-5||5:7||X||23:1; 24:18||27:14||1:41-42||pg. 87|
|religion strictly||19:5-6; 24:3||35:18||2:19-22||1QS I:16-20||2:7||5:10,27||1:13||23:5; 24:21-22||27:27||X||pg. 101-103|
|important||25:1-30:38||35:19, NIV note||2:8,12,23-25||11Q19 XXIX:7-9||2:7-”altar”||5:16||X||X||X||X||pg. 131-134|
(Hopefully, the formatting works here!)
My interest here is that the exodus occurs so often in ancient history but, in modern history, only among the early Latter-day Saints. (Of course, this pattern could be applied to several periods of early LDS history, but I’ve chosen to focus on the most famous event–the pioneer companies of Brigham Young.)
Of course, this pattern can easily be seen as a metaphor for our own spiritual condition in the 21st century. As we have been counseled to live “in the world but not of the world,” we need to be spiritually disconnected from our surroundings so that we may follow the prophet, live strictly, and work in the temple (as Elder L. Tom Perry teaches here).
Exodus and Jeremiah are, of course, from the Bible. 1 Maccabees is easily found online, such as here. My Dead Sea Scrolls quotes are from Vermes’s The Dead Sea Scrolls In English, which you would do well to add to your library (though some good excerpts, including some I use in my chart, are found here). Rather than arrange the books chronologically, as per my instinct, I’ve grouped the Book of Mormon texts together, which makes more sense logically. As it is, this sequence provides a vivid visual lesson on the subject: the strongest examples of the pattern occur at the beginning of Biblical history (Exodus), the beginning of Book of Mormon history (1 and 2 Nephi), and the beginning of LDS history.
Once again, let me add that I am an amateur, and this chart is a work in progress, meaning it may well have errors. Corrective feedback is welcome.