The Little, Narrow Prison of Language : The Rhetoric of Revelation
BYU Religious Studies Center
The author raises an old question about Joseph Smith's revelations as they came up in early Church history when plans were first being made to publish the compilation of revelations called the Book of Commandments. This question is about the language of the revelations, as some had challenged and criticized the language, thinking it unworthy of Jesus Christ. The author, however, is less interested in criticizing the quality of the language, but studying the structure of how these revelations are put together. Impressed with how effective the revelations are, he has a desire to know how they work rhetorically to achieve their impact on believing readers.