Nephi’s Change of Heart

Title

Nephi’s Change of Heart

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2016

Authors

Newton, Dennis (Primary)

Journal

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

Pagination

261-291

Volume

20

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Bibliographic Citation

Newton, Dennis. "Nephi’s Change of Heart" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 20. 2016:261-291.

Abstract

How long did it take Nephi to compose his portions of the “small account?” Careful text analysis and data mining suggest that “Nephi’s” texts may have been composed across periods as great as forty years apart. I propose a timeline with four distinct periods of composition. The merits of this timeline are weighed, and some thoughts are explored as to how this timeline alters the reader’s perceptions of Nephi. The net effect is that Nephi becomes more sympathetic, more personable, and more relatable as his record progresses and that the totality of Nephi’s writings are best understood and interpreted when the factor of time is considered.

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