Other Voices

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731701
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777167 | DOI:
Other Voices

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One important feature of Mormon's narration is his insertion of purported primary source documents into his history. Bernard Duyfhuizen's theories of “narratives of transmission” are applied to the Book of Mormon. Several examples of embedded documents are examined in detail, including a memoir of Zeniff, sermons of both King Benjamin and Alma the Younger, and letters of Helaman. In addition, this chapter looks at how such documents are integrated into the narrative. Mormon's editorial tactics can be analyzed in terms of “coherence,” “avoidance,” and “resonance,” all of which describe ways that the embedded documents are connected to larger storylines.

Keywords: Mormon; Bernard Duyfhuizen; embedded; Zeniff; King Benjamin; Alma the Younger; Helaman; coherence; avoidance; resonance

Chapter.  14187 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; East Asian Religions

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