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|Title||KnoWhy #443 - Why Did Book of Mormon Authors Use Colophons? (1 Nephi 1:3)|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||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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