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KnoWhy #25 - Whom Did Nephi Quote in 1 Nephi 22? (1 Nephi 22:1)

TitleKnoWhy #25 - Whom Did Nephi Quote in 1 Nephi 22? (1 Nephi 22:1)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2016
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsIntertextuality; Isaiah (Prophet); Zenos (Prophet)

Nephi extensively quoted (both with and without attribution) the prophets Isaiah and Zenos in 1 Nephi 19–22. Why would he feel compelled to do such? After all, some may think it's lazy or undisciplined to quote another author so extensively. However, ancient scribes who composed literary works often resorted to what's called "intertextuality," which is when one text is shaped, fashioned, or even interpreted through the appropriation of other texts. This includes allusion, quotation, summary, or imitation of another text in composing or interpreting a new text. If Nephi had scribal training, as some scholars have argued, then it would make sense that he would employ this technique in his own writing.

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Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 22:1