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Epistolary Form in the Book of Mormon

TitleEpistolary Form in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSmith, Robert F.
JournalFARMS Review
KeywordsEpistle; 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.


Scripture Reference

Moroni 8:2-30