Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Article Title

The Missing Scripture


Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ, Visit to the Nephites, Language, Chiasmus, Mormon, Samuel the Lamanite


During his visit to the Nephites, the Savior instructed Nephi to add to their records a missing scripture concerning the resurrection of many of the dead immediately following his own resurrection, as well as their appearance to many people. Good evidence suggests that it was Samuel the Lamanite’s prophecy of this resurrection that was missing. Aspects of the manner of recording, abridgment, and translation of the text of the Book of Mormon are elucidated through this missing scripture as it appears in the English text.