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|Title||The Lost Prologue: Reading Moses Chapter One as an Ancient Text|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Johnson, Mark J.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Biblical Criticism; Book of Moses; Joseph Smith; Joseph Smith Translation; Moses (Prophet); Pearl of Great Price; Rhetorical Criticism|
The character and complexion of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible (JST) is often a puzzle to students and scholars. One text in particular, the first chapter of the Book of Moses, claims that its very words would be lost and later restored to the believing. As this bold claim has not yet been verified by the discovery of an ancient copy of this text, clues to the antiquity of this document will need to be discovered within the text itself. This study investigates Moses 1 with the tools of biblical and literary criticism to discover if the text has the characteristics and content of an ancient religious document.
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