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Limhi's Discourse: Proximity and Distance in Teaching

TitleLimhi's Discourse: Proximity and Distance in Teaching
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSpendlove, Loren Blake
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsRepentance; Sin; Teaching

The author introduces a syntactic technique known as “enallage”—an intentional substitution of one grammatical form for another. This technique can be used to create distance or proximity between the speaker, the audience, and the message. The author demonstrates how king Limhi skillfully used this technique to teach his people the consequences of sin and the power of deliverance through repentance.