Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


King James Bible, Old Testament studies, Book of Mormon studies, Joseph Smith, Book of Mormon translation


In Mosiah 1:14, King Benjamin reminds his son Mosiah that if the Lord "had not extended his arm in the preservation of our fathers they must have fallen into the hands of the Lamanites." The English words used in this translation of the ancient record differ from those used for the same concepts in the English translation in the King James Version (KJV) of the Old Testament, thus shedding light on how independent Joseph Smith may have been from KJV phraseology in his translation.