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TitleUnderstanding the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsFenton, Elizabeth
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsMormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Narrative Theory; Narrator; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Scripture Study

This essay evaluates Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon, particularly assessing Hardy’s claim that narrative theory can allow readers from a variety of perspectives to (at least temporarily) sidestep the Book of Mormon’s controversial history and engage with the text as a literary artifact. The paper argues that Hardy’s approach facilitates a deeper understanding of the book’s complex deployments of narrative voice and temporality but ultimately cannot efface the interpretive differences that stem from such divergent positions as belief and unbelief.