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A Comparison of the Book of Mormon’s Subordinate That Usage

TitleA Comparison of the Book of Mormon’s Subordinate That Usage
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsCarmack, Stanford
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsBook of Mormon Translation; King James Bible; Linguistics

This paper compares the Book of Mormon’s subordinate that usage with what is found in the King James Bible, pseudo-archaic writings, and the greater textual record. In this linguistic domain, the Book of Mormon manifests as thoroughly archaic, and it surpasses all known pseudo-archaic writings in breadth and depth of archaism. The implications of this set of linguistic data indicate that the translation as originally dictated by Joseph Smith cannot plausibly be explained as the result of Joseph’s own word choices, but it is consistent with the hypothesis that the wording was somehow provided to him.

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