Strategies of Conclusion

Grant Hardy

in Understanding the Book of Mormon

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731701
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777167 | DOI:
Strategies of Conclusion

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Of the three major narrators, Moroni is the most likely to use phrases previously employed by other Book of Mormon writers. Actually, as he brings the book to an end, Moroni provides three separate conclusions. In the first he alludes to the words of Joseph of Egypt (as reported in the Nephite record), and then to Nephi's paraphrase of Joseph's words, and then to the writings of his father Mormon. The second conclusion, at Ether 12, offers a Nephite adaptation of Hebrews 11, somewhat anachronistically. And Moroni's final conclusion, the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, is a virtual curtain call which alludes to the farewell addresses of several of the earlier record keepers.

Keywords: Moroni; narrator; allusion; conclusion; Joseph; Nephi; Ether; Hebrews; anachronism; farewell

Chapter.  8915 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; East Asian Religions

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