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Narrative Criticism and the Book of Mormon

TitleNarrative Criticism and the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsSnow, Jr., Edgar C.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsExhortation; 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.


Scripture Reference

Helaman 13:1-39
Helaman 14:1-31
Helaman 15:1-17
Helaman 16:1-25