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Who Wrote the Book of Mormon? An Analysis of Wordprints
|Title||Who Wrote the Book of Mormon? An Analysis of Wordprints|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||1982|
|Authors||Larsen, Wayne A., Alvin C. Rencher, and Tim Layton|
|Editor||Reynolds, Noel B.|
|Book Title||Book of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins|
|Publisher||Religious Studies Center|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon Authorship; Stylometry; Wordprint|
In this article, Larsen and Rencher report their findings from a statistical analysis of style in the Book of Mormon. Using “wordprint analysis,” a method of determining idiosyncratic subconscious patterns in the writings of any author, they conclude that (1) the Book of Mormon was written by many authors, and that (2) no Book of Mormon passages resemble the writing of any of the commonly suggested nineteenth-century authors. The clear yet hitherto unnoticed characteristics of the Book of Mormon discovered by Larsen and Rencher strongly support Joseph Smith’s account of the book’s origin.
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