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Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Improvisation and Extemporaneous Change in the Book of Mormon (Part 2)

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
12/12/2016
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
44 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, Book of Mormon, extemporaneous change, lds, mormon, Mormonism

Joseph Smith made various refining changes to the Book of Mormon text, most of them minor grammatical in nature. However, one type of textual change has been virtually unstudied in Book of Mormon scholarship: extemporaneous change that was present the moment Smith dictated the original text to his scribes. This type of change appears to have been improvisational, a fix or repair made in the middle of a thought or expression. I study these improvisations in depth — when they appeared historically, their purpose, and their authorship. The evidence of Article One points to ancient authors and editor-engravers whose extemporaneous changes appeared during the early layers of the Book of Mormon’s construction. But how were these improvisations affected by later contributors? In this paper, Part 2, we study the improvisational work of Moroni as compiler, finishing-editor, and conservator, and of Joseph Smith as modern translator.

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