Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

On Doctrine and Covenants Language and the 1833 Plot of Zion

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
9/1/2017
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
88 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, lds, mormon, Mormonism, Revelation

Contrary to the generally accepted view, it seems likely that much of the wording of the Doctrine and Covenants was transmitted to Joseph Smith as part of the revelatory process. Apparent bad grammar and a limited reading of “after the manner of their language” (D&C 1:24) have led to the received view that “the language of the revelations was Joseph Smith’s.” This judgment, however, is probably inaccurate. Abundant cases of archaic forms and structures, sometimes overlapping with Book of Mormon usage, argue for a different interpretation of “after the manner of their language.” Scholars have chosen, for the most part, to disregard the implications of a large amount of complex, archaic, well-formed language found in both scriptural texts.

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