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Understanding the Book of MormonA Reader's Guide$
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Grant Hardy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.001.0001

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A Brief Overview

A Brief Overview

Narrator-based Reading

(p.3) 1 A Brief Overview
Understanding the Book of Mormon

Grant Hardy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents ten relatively uncontroversial generalizations about the Book of Mormon's language, style, organization, and religious claims. It then discusses the often overlooked role of the narrators, with a focus on Nephi, who is portrayed as writing about events in his early life retrospectively many years later. The narrators in the Book of Mormon function quite differently from those of the Bible in that they are named individuals with particular personalities, ambitions, and perspectives. A note on methodology argues that the same sort of imaginative narrative analysis can be applied to both fiction and history, as has been asserted by theorists such as Seymour Chatman and Peter Lamarque.

Keywords:   generalizations, style, organization, narrators, Nephi, Bible, methodology, narrative analysis, Seymour Chatman, Peter Lamarque

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