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Literary Aspects of the Book of Mormon

TitleLiterary Aspects of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1939
AuthorsE. McGavin, Cecil, and A.S. Reynolds
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number42
Date Published19 October 1939
KeywordsBiblical Criticism; Book of Mormon; Hermeneutics; Literary Analysis; Literary Criticism; Narrative Criticism

A literary study of the Bible assists in understanding its origin, purpose, and interpretation; the same is true of the Book of Mormon. In the Book of Mormon, religious truths are conveyed in a distinctive way. The Book of Mormon is mainly narration of a pedantic style with a universal appeal. It was far more important to both recorder and translator that the book be understood than to be a literary masterpiece.