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|Title||Epistolary Form in the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Smith, Robert F.|
|Keywords||Epistle; Language; Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Structure; Writing|
The claim that a personal letter in the Book of Mormon mimics a form indicative of modern rather than ancient composition is critiqued. The majority of letters in the Book of Mormon follow the ancient Hittite-Syrian, Neo-Assyrian, Amarna, and Hebrew epistolary format in which the correspondent of superior rank is always listed first. Other clues to ancient composition are noted.
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