Weakness in Writing

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731701
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777167 | DOI:
Weakness in Writing

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For the last fifty pages of the Book of Mormon, there is a new narrator, Mormon's son Moroni. He is portrayed as a reluctant writer, the last survivor of his civilization. He is also the narrator with the clearest sense of his audience—readers living many centuries in the future. He appears to have given up on persuading them through the sorts of rational arguments about fulfilled prophecies employed by his father, and instead he hopes that his weakness in writing will be compensated for by God's revelation to readers. Moroni tells the story of the Jaredites, a people who predated the Nephites in the New World, and he emphasizes connections between their history and that of the Nephites. He also seems to have Christianized their account, for the regular references to Jesus are all in his editorial comments rather than in the narrative that he ostensibly paraphrased from Jaredite records.

Keywords: Moroni; narrator; audience; weakness; writing; revelation; Jaredites; Nephites; Jesus; editorial comments

Chapter.  14118 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; East Asian Religions

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