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Deflected Agreement in the Book of Mormon

TitleDeflected Agreement in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSmith, Andrew C.
JournalJournal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture
KeywordsArabic; Authenticity; Deflected Agreement; Demonstrative Agreement; Grammar; Historicity; Language; Language - Hebrew; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Pronominal Agreement; Semitic; Structure; Verbal Agreement

Deflected agreement is a grammatical phenomenon found in Semitic languages—it is ubiquitous in Arabic and found occasionally in Classical Hebrew. Deflected agreement is a plausible explanation for certain grammatical incongruities present, in translation, within the original and printer’s manuscripts and printed editions of the Book of Mormon in the grammatical areas of verbal, pronominal, and demonstrative agreement. This finding gives greater credence to the plausibility of the authenticity and historicity of the Book of Mormon. Additionally, the implications of this finding on Book of Mormon scholarship are discussed.