long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Intertextuality: Alma 1

I posted an annotated version of Alma 1 that shows the intertextuality with the KJV and Jonathan Edwards.


This system provides a quick glance and an in-depth analysis. 

Black bold = KJV language in the Book of Mormon (which is also almost always in Edwards)

Blue bold = unique to Book of Mormon

Red bold = nonbiblical language in the Book of Mormon and Edwards

(click to enlarge)

I've done several chapters in the Book of Mormon this way. It's obviously a work in progress because I don't have much time for this, but I think it's cool to see how well the Book of Mormon fits within the Christian tradition as explained by Jonathan Edwards.

And, of course, this analysis corroborates Joseph Smith's claim that he translated the plates.

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