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|Title||KnoWhy #414 - How Does the Book of Mormon Use an Ancient Storytelling Technique? (Alma 27:24-25)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ammon (Son of King Mosiah); Ancient Near East; Isaac (Son of Abraham); King Lamoni; Missionary Work; Storytelling; Type-Scene; Waters of Sebus|
A type-scene is an ancient storytelling technique where certain kinds of stories are told in certain ways. When a main character got engaged, for example, he would journey to a foreign land, encounter a woman at a well, and draw water from the well. Then the woman would rush home to tell the family, and the man and the woman would be betrothed. Each time the storyteller applied this type-scene to a new character, they would change the story slightly to give insights into the personalities of each character in the story. This type-scene is used in the Ammon narrative to give insights into Ammon’s character.
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