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Providential Recurrence

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731701
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0006
Providential Recurrence

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In the Book of Mormon, many narratives have parallels. These include 1) simple parallels, such as Abinadi's story being like that of Moses, 2) complex parallels in which a single story has multiple referents, as happens with Nephi and Lehi's deliverance from prison, and 3) contrastive narratives in series. Examples of the last category can be found in three pairs of incidents in which a remarkable success wrought by ordinary competence is immediately followed by a much more spectacular achievement brought about through faith. Mormon has employed selection, arrangement, and phrasing to construct these parallel narratives, but he wants to show that these are actual historical patterns rather than clever impositions by the narrator.

Keywords: parallel; narratives; Moses; Nephi; Lehi; contrastive; Mormon; selection; arrangement; phrasing

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; East Asian Religions

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