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TitleGentiles in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHilton, III, John, Ryan Sharp, Brad Wilcox, and Jaron Hansen
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsGentiles; Stylometry; Wordprint

The word Gentiles appears 141 times in the Book of Mormon (the singular Gentile appears only five times.) It appears more frequently than key words such as baptize, resurrection, Zion, and truth. The word Gentiles does not appear with equal frequency throughout the Book of Mormon; in fact, it appears in only five of its fifteen books: 1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, 3 Nephi, Mormon, and Ether. Additionally, Book of Mormon speakers did not say Gentiles evenly. Some speakers said the word much less often than we might expect while others used it much more. Nephi1 used Gentiles the most (43 times), and Christ Himself used it 38 times. In addition to analyzing which speakers used the word, this study shows distinctive ways in which Book of Mormon speakers used this word.