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TitleThe Pleading Bar of God
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsSkousen, Royal
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsPleading Bar; Pleasing Bar; Scribal Error; Textual History
Royal Skousen’s essay shed light on enigmatic references in Jacob 6:13 and  Moroni 10:34 to “the pleasing bar of God.” After establishing that the term “pleading bar” is an appropriate legal term, he cites both internal evidence and the likelihood of scribal errors as explanations for why “pleasing bar,” instead of the more likely “pleading bar,” appears in current editions of the Book of Mormon.