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The Last Nephite Scribes
|The Last Nephite Scribes
|Year of Publication
|Reynolds, Noel B.
|Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
|Abridgment; Language - Hebrew; Language - Reformed Egyptian; Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Recordkeepers; Recordkeeping; Scribe
In an earlier paper, I concluded that Lehi and Nephi were highly trained Josephite scribes and were associated with an official Jerusalem scribal school that preserved ancient Manassite traditions. There they acquired advanced writing skills and classical Hebrew and Egyptian, which would become the scriptural languages of the Nephite peoples. These they maintained in the new promised land and passed on from generation to generation through the entire thousand-year Nephite dispensation, even though the Nephite language itself would naturally evolve. Evidence of how they did this surfaces repeatedly throughout the Book of Mormon. The following paper documents how both Mormon and his son Moroni abridged and concluded the religious, military, and political records of Book of Mormon peoples, thus preserving key elements of the vast Nephite records collection for a later dispensation. That scribal process parallels the roles and schools of other cultures of the ancient Near East.
For a summary of this paper, check out Interpreting Interpreter: https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreting-interpreter-nephite-scribal-paths/
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