Notes on Book of Mormon Heads

Title

Notes on Book of Mormon Heads

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2020

Authors

Pagination

263-282

Volume

40

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Bibliographic Citation

Smoot, Stephen O. "Notes on Book of Mormon Heads", Vol. 40. 2020:263-282.

Abstract

This paper looks at the two types of heads used in the Book of Mormon. It argues against a recent theory that these heads served as mnemonic cues that enabled Joseph Smith to extemporaneously compose and dictate the text. Instead, it argues that the function and form of heads in the Book of Mormon finds ancient precedent in Egyptian literary culture and scribal practice. A brief addendum on the ancient precedent for the chapter breaks in the original text of the Book of Mormon is also provided.

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