Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Bible, Old Testament, Books, Isaiah, Book of Mormon Books, 2 Nephi, Book of Mormon, Language, Reformed Egyptian, Modern Church, Joseph Smith


The Book of Mormon is a translation, containing details of the original language in which it is written. Very few of the writers would have had a working knowledge of Egyptian; the writing would more likely be a Hebraized Egyptian. The Book of Mormon contains many passages from Isaiah, more correctly translated than in the King James Version. Various examples of the Hebrew construct state are evident in Joseph Smith’s translation, together with direct translations of Hebrew idioms.