Keywords

scribal culture, hebrew rhetoric, Lehi, Nephi, Book of Mormon

Abstract

This paper brings contemporary ANE scholarship in several fields together to construct an updated starting point for interpretation of the teachings of the Book of Mormon. It assembles findings from studies of ancient scribal culture, historical linguistics and epigraphy, Hebrew rhetoric, and the history and archaeology of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant, together with the traditions of ancient Israel to construct a contextualized perspective for understanding Lehi, Nephi, and their scribal training as they would have been understood by their contemporaries. Lehi and Nephi are shown to be the beneficiaries of the most advanced scribal training available in 7th century BCE Jerusalem and prominent bearers of the Josephite textual tradition.

Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

2021-08-17

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Political Science

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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