Mormon, Moses, and the Representation of Reality

Title

Mormon, Moses, and the Representation of Reality

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2021

Authors

Pagination

291-312

Volume

46

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Bibliographic Citation

Bushman, Richard L. "Mormon, Moses, and the Representation of Reality", Vol. 46. 2021:291-312.

Abstract

In this essay, Richard Bushman borrows a critical perspective from Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. He analyzes the representation of antiquity in two of Joseph Smith’s striking translations, the Book of Mormon and the Book of Moses. The two texts, produced within a few years of one another, created distinctive stages on which to dramatize the human-God relationship. The question is: What can we learn from this comparison about God, prophets, and human destiny?

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