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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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Weakness in Writing

Weakness in Writing

A Sense of Audience

(p.217) 8 Weakness in Writing
Understanding the Book of Mormon

Grant Hardy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

For the last fifty pages of the Book of Mormon, there is a new narrator, Mormon's son Moroni. He is portrayed as a reluctant writer, the last survivor of his civilization. He is also the narrator with the clearest sense of his audience—readers living many centuries in the future. He appears to have given up on persuading them through the sorts of rational arguments about fulfilled prophecies employed by his father, and instead he hopes that his weakness in writing will be compensated for by God's revelation to readers. Moroni tells the story of the Jaredites, a people who predated the Nephites in the New World, and he emphasizes connections between their history and that of the Nephites. He also seems to have Christianized their account, for the regular references to Jesus are all in his editorial comments rather than in the narrative that he ostensibly paraphrased from Jaredite records.

Keywords:   Moroni, narrator, audience, weakness, writing, revelation, Jaredites, Nephites, Jesus, editorial comments

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