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Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Learning Nephi’s Language: Creating a Context for 1 Nephi 1:2

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Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Published:
8/14/2015
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
12 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, Book of Mormon, language, lds, mormon, Mormonism, Nephi

It was not long after the Book of Mormon was published before Nephi’s statement that he wrote using “the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians” (1 Nephi 1:2) started raising eyebrows. It has continued to perplex even the best LDS scholars, who have put forward no fewer than five different interpretations of the passage. Some have even pointed out that there seems to be no logical reason for Nephi’s statement, since anyone who could read the text would know what language it was written in.

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