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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)
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|Ancient Near East; Colophon; Historicity; Literary Structure; Literary Tool
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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