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Oral Creation and the Dictation of the Book of Mormon

TitleOral Creation and the Dictation of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsGardner, Brant A.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsBook of Mormon Translation; Extemporaneous Preaching; Seer stone; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon introduces a new perspective in the examination of the construction of the Book of Mormon. With an important introduction to the elements of early American extemporaneous speaking, Davis applies some of those concepts to the Book of Mormon and suggests that there are elements of the organizational principles of extemporaneous preaching that can be seen in the Book of Mormon. This, therefore, suggests that the Book of Mormon was the result of extensive background work that was presented to the scribe as an extended oral performance.