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Mormon, Moses, and the Representation of Reality

TitleMormon, Moses, and the Representation of Reality
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBushman, Richard L.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsBook of Mormon Translation; Book of Moses; Deity; Joseph Smith Translation; Prophet

In this essay, Richard Bushman borrows a critical perspective from Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. He analyzes the representation of antiquity in two of Joseph Smith’s striking translations, the Book of Mormon and the Book of Moses. The two texts, produced within a few years of one another, created distinctive stages on which to dramatize the human-God relationship. The question is: What can we learn from this comparison about God, prophets, and human destiny?