The Record of My Father

Title

The Record of My Father

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2019

Authors

Journal

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

Pagination

9-32

Volume

32

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Jones, Clifford P. "The Record of My Father" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 32. 2019:9-32.

Abstract

In 1 Nephi 1:16–17, Nephi tells us he is abridging “the record of my father.” The specific words Nephi uses in his writings form several basic but important patterns and features used repeatedly by Nephi and also by other Book of Mormon writers. These patterns and features provide context that appears to indicate that Nephi’s abridgment of Lehi’s record is the third-person account found in 1 Nephi 1:4 through 2:15 and that Nephi’s first-person account of his own ministry begins in 1 Nephi 2:16.

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