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For Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, see Jacob

According to the Book of Mormon, Jacob is a younger brother of the prophet Nephi, and became the keeper of the small plates of Nephi after Nephi's death[1]. He also became a prophet in his own right, and is considered to be the author of the Book of Jacob.

Family

 
Lehi
 
Sariah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laman
 
Lemuel
 
Sam
 
Nephi
 
Jacob
 
Joseph

Life and Teachings

According to the Book of Mormon narrative, Jacob was born in the wilderness during his father Lehi's journey from Jerusalem to the promised land (the Americas sometime between 600 B.C. and 592 B.C.[2].

Jacob and his family eventually traveled to the Americas via boat constructed by his brother, Nephi. Jacob went on to be a righteous leader, and succeeded Nephi as prophet to the Nephites. Jacob is the author of the Book of Jacob in the Book of Mormon.

Among Jacob's teachings recorded in the Book of Mormon is the Parable of the Olive Tree[3], which is an allegory of the scattering and gathering of Israel. Jacob attributes this parable to another prophet, Zenos[4]. He also taught that polygamy was not to be practiced by the Nephites, unless directed by God via revelation for the purpose of "rais[ing] up seed unto me"[5].

Notable Descendants

According to the Book of Mormon, several important record keepers were direct descendants of Jacob as shown below:

Jacob
 
 
 
 
Enos
 
 
 
 
Jarom
 
 
 
 
Omni
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amaron
 
Chemish
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Abinadom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amaleki

References

Preceded by
Nephi
Nephite record keeper of the small plates
544 B.C. - Sometime before 420 B.C.
Succeeded by
Enos
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