Jacob and His Descendants as Authors

Title

Jacob and His Descendants as Authors

Book Title

Rediscovering the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

6

Year of Publication

1991

Authors

Tanner, John S. (Primary)

Editors

Sorenson, John L. (Secondary), and Thorne, Melvin J. (Secondary)

Pagination

52-66

Publisher

FARMS

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Tanner, John S. "Jacob and His Descendants as Authors" In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, Edited by Sorenson, John L., and Thorne, Melvin J. 52-66. Provo, UT: FARMS , 1991.

Abstract

The writings of Jacob and his descendants form part of the small plates, a section of the Book of Mormon that Mormon included intact, presumably without editing. Only on the small plates may Joseph Smith have found someone’s “handwriting” other than that of Mormon or Moroni. Speaking in the first person, Jacob and his descendants seem more individual, even in translation, than other writers whose words were more obviously edited by Mormon and Moroni. From Jacob through Omni, the record displays the complex variety one expects of a text written by many hands. The stylistic diversity of Jacob and his descendants is a powerful witness that we are dealing with material written by several ancient authors rather than by one person in early nineteenth-century New York.
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Table of Contents

Book

Rediscovering the Book of Mormon: Insights That You May Have Missed Before
Sorenson, John L.

23 Chapters

Nephi's Use of Lehi's Record
Brown, S. Kent | pp. 3-14
Mormon as Editor
Hardy, Grant R. | pp. 15-28
Mormon's Editorial Promises
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 29-31
Colophons in the Book of Mormon
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 32-37
Nephi and the Exodus
Terry L. Szink | pp. 38-51
Jacob and His Descendants as Authors
Tanner, John S. | pp. 52-66
The Stealing of the Daughters of the Lamanites
Goff, Alan | pp. 67-74
The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon
Tvedtnes, John A. | pp. 77-91
Mourning, Consolation, and Repentance at Nahom
Goff, Alan | pp. 92-99
Poetry in the Book of Mormon
Rust, Richard Dilworth | pp. 100-113
A Masterpiece: Alma 36
Welch, John W. | pp. 114-131
Book of Mormon Imagery
Rust, Richard Dilworth | pp. 132-139
The Image of the Hand of God in the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
Seely, David Rolph | pp. 140-150
"Means unto Repentance": Unique Book of Mormon Insights into Christ's At-one-ment
England, Eugene | pp. 153-167
The Ways of Remembrance
Midgley, Louis C. | pp. 168-176
Jesus' Covenant Teachings in Third Nephi
Ludlow, Victor L. | pp. 177-185
The Gathering of Israel in the Book of Mormon: A Consistent Pattern
Millet, Robert L. | pp. 186-196
Isaiah-Key to the Book of Mormon
Gileadi, Avraham | pp. 197-206
King, Coronation, and Covenant in Mosiah 1-6
Ricks, Stephen D. | pp. 209-219
Nephi's Political Testament
Reynolds, Noel B. | pp. 220-229
The Covenant Tradition in the Book of Mormon
Ostler, Blake T. | pp. 230-240
Warfare in the Book of Mormon
Hamblin, William J. | pp. 241-248
Seasons of War, Seasons of Peace in the Book of Mormon
Sorenson, John L. | pp. 249-255
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