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Comprehending the Book of Mormon through Its Editors

TitleComprehending the Book of Mormon through Its Editors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRiess, Jana
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsHistory; Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Narrative; Narrative Analysis; Narrator; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Theology

Grant Hardy’s 2010 book Understanding the Book of Mormon changed the landscape of Book of Mormon studies by paying careful attention to the role of that scripture’s three primary editors, who were also narrators. Hardy teases out the specific personality of each one: Nephi, a theologian concerned with his legacy and place in history; Mormon, a historian whose choice and placement of primary sources often reveals as much as his own narration; and Moroni, the wandering survivor of one dying civilization who chose to focus his brief record on the fall of a previous one. Through detailed textual criticism, Hardy invites readers to better understand the complexity and richness of the Book of Mormon