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The Language of the Book of Mormon
|Title||The Language of the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Magazine Article|
|Year of Publication||1960|
|Authors||Barker, James L.|
|Pagination||388–389, 444, 446, 450–454|
|Date Published||June 1960|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon Translation; Characters; Gold Plates; Language – Reformed Egyptian; Writing System|
This article states that English, the language of translation employed by Joseph Smith, retains the original thought, personal writing styles, distinctive patterns, and unique phraseology belonging to each of the ancient writers and prophets of the Book of Mormon. Barker also discusses the language of the gold plates, which has been described as being a combination of the “learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians” (1 Nephi 12), and as “reformed Egyptian” (Mormon 9:32). Too little is known about the characters of reformed Egyptian, which had been “altered” by the Nephites (Mormon 9:32).
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