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Both the infantile and petty nature of Book of Mormon scenes are accurately portrayed in Jacob. In chapter seven, Jacob has verbal warfare with a man named Sherem, who is described in a way as to lead the reader into thinking that is exceptionally knowledgeable; but is clueless to spiritual facts. Jacob begins questioning Sherem. Our first clue that Sherem is not the ‘sharpest knife in the drawer’ is when he admits to believing the scriptures (vs 10). This qualifies as an immediate FAIL. Sherem then requests a sign…this is FAIL #2; your arguments against God will stand without flamboyance. Regardless, Jacob is immediately offended, stating “What am I that I should tempt God to show unto thee a sign in the thing which thou knowest to be true? Yet thou wilt deny it, because thou art of the devil.” This is a pretty good retort, or at least a ‘worthy’ apologetic maneuver. But then Jacob (and Joseph Smith) take the ‘low road’ and resort to leaving it all up to God (wait…I thought he didn’t want to tempt God?), providing the impossible and supernatural: Sherem falls to the earth for several days and (right on cue) “comes to” just long enough to bear his new found testimony…then DIES (evidently this incredible change of heart was TOO dynamic to be used in further missionary work). Luckily, his dying breath is captured for us in Jacob 7:20.