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What Was the Vocabulary of Joseph Smith?
|Title||What Was the Vocabulary of Joseph Smith?|
|Publication Type||Magazine Article|
|Year of Publication||1951|
|Authors||Widtsoe, John A.|
|Date Published||June 1951|
|Keywords||Authenticity; Authorship; Book of Mormon Authorship; Book of Mormon Names; Book of Mormon Translation|
This article argues that any translation will reflect the vocabulary of the translator, and such was the case with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. An average “fairly well-educated” person possesses an 8,000 word vocabulary. Joseph Smith as a youth would have had a substantially smaller vocabulary. Interestingly, the Book of Mormon has a total vocabulary (including person and place names) of 3,307 words.
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