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Enallage in the Book of Mormon
TitleEnallage in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsBarney, Kevin L.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsContext; Enallage; Hebrew; Language; Rhetoric; Substitution

Thomas W. Brookbank long ago suggested that enallage, meaning the substitution of the singular for the plural or vice versa for rhetorical effect, is present in the Book of Mormon. Enallage does appear to exist as a prominent, meaningful rhetorical figure in the Bible, but its presence in the Book of Mormon is more difficult to demonstrate given the pronominal variation found in the Book of Mormon, a factor that Brookbank did not account for in his study. Nevertheless, a careful reading of contextual and verbal clues reveals that enallage does indeed appear to exist in some passages in the Book of Mormon. An awareness of this usage is important for a full understanding of such passages.