KnoWhy #443 - Why Did Book of Mormon Authors Use Colophons? (1 Nephi 1:3)


KnoWhy #443 - Why Did Book of Mormon Authors Use Colophons? (1 Nephi 1:3)

TitleKnoWhy #443 - Why Did Book of Mormon Authors Use Colophons? (1 Nephi 1:3)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2018
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAncient Near East; Colophon; Historicity; Literary Structure; Literary Tool
Abstract

Nephi begins his record with a "colophon," or a literary tool that provides summary information about the text, its contents, and its author/scribe. The use of colophons is widely attested in the ancient Near East, reinforcing the Book of Mormon's antiquity. Colophons likewise help structure the Book of Mormon text by introducing source-texts and quotations.

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Citation Key4338