Curiously Unique: Joseph Smith as Author of the Book of Mormon

Title

Curiously Unique: Joseph Smith as Author of the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2019

Authors

Hales, Brian C. (Primary)

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

151-190

Volume

31

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Bibliographic Citation

Hales, Brian C. "Curiously Unique: Joseph Smith as Author of the Book of Mormon" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 31. 2019:151-190.

Abstract

The advent of the computer and the internet allows Joseph Smith as the “author” of the Book of Mormon to be compared to other authors and their books in ways essentially impossible even a couple of decades ago. Six criteria can demonstrate the presence of similarity or distinctiveness among writers and their literary creations: author education and experience, the book’s size and complexity, and the composition process and timeline. By comparing these characteristics, this essay investigates potentially unique characteristics of Joseph Smith and the creation of the Book of Mormon.

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