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Mormon as Editor: A Study in Colophons, Headers, and Source Indicators
TitleMormon as Editor: A Study in Colophons, Headers, and Source Indicators
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsMackay, Thomas W.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Volume2
Issue2
Pagination90-109
KeywordsColophon; Editor; Header; Historian; Mormon; Sources; Structure
Abstract

The Book of Mormon contains various colophons and source indicators that signal documents or authors that Mormon and the writers of the small plates used, quoted, paraphrased, or summarized in composing the final text. Some of these headers have been italicized and separated out by the printer; others form an integral part of the text but could as well have been separated and italicized. Mormon’s extensive notation of sources is another set of evidence for the intricate and complex nature of the text and, simultaneously, of the magnitude of Mormon’s work as an ancient editor and historian.

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/2/2/S00007-50c75e07adb147Mackay.pdf

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