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Hebrew Idioms in the Small Plates of Nephi

TitleHebrew Idioms in the Small Plates of Nephi
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1961
AuthorsBramwell, E. Craig
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number7
Pagination496–497, 517
Date PublishedJuly 1961
KeywordsHebraisms; Idiom; Language - Hebrew; Small Plates of Nephi

This article argues that, inasmuch as the Book of Mormon is a literal translation from a Hebrew record, one would expect to find the frequent use of Hebraic idiomatic expressions in it. Bramwell provides examples of a number of Hebraisms, such as compound subjects, frequent usage of the conjunction “and,” a limited number of vocabulary words, and the repetitive use of possessive pronouns.