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Narrative Criticism and the Book of Mormon
|Title||Narrative Criticism and the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Authors||Snow, Jr., Edgar C.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Exhortation; Interpretation; Lamentation; Literature; Narrative; Narrative Criticism; Prophecy; Prophet; Samuel the Lamanite|
This paper suggests the use of narrative criticism, a recent literary interpretive tool, as a favorable method of Book of Mormon interpretation. As an example of narrative interpretation, the Samuel the Lamanite narrative in Helaman 13-16 is analyzed as a discrete narrative portion of the Book of Mormon for the exploration of the possibilities of a narrative critical approach to its text. Instead of focusing on the content of Samuel’s exhortations, lamentations, and prophecies in order to understand these passages, I interpret the surrounding narrative and find it serves as an impressive complement to the doctrinal content of Samuel’s discourse.
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