The Book of Mormon and Its Redaction of the King James New Testament : A Further Evaluation of the Interaction between the New Testament and the Book of Mormon
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies
University of Illinois Press
It needs to be recognized that the Book of Mormon does not simply adopt the language of the Bible; it also adapts it, positioning the Book of Mormon as a careful redaction of the Bible. This adoption and adaptation can be seen in a variety of ways. Sometimes the Book of Mormon will integrate a single biblical phrase into its complex narrative. Sometimes the Book of Mormon will expand or condense the phrase, rendering a new phrase that may radically shift the context or meaning of the original biblical phrase. Sometimes the Book of Mormon will weave a single phrase from a specific biblical text or several phrases from a specific biblical text. For these reasons, it is insufficient to rely upon a word count or terms such as “quotation” when analyzing the function of biblical phrases within the Book of Mormon. The method of biblical textual integration found within the Book of Mormon is simply too complex. In order to gain a fuller understanding of this complexity, we must identify and evaluate the different ways in which the Book of Mormon has both adopted and adapted the biblical text in its own composition. In order to perform this study in a manageable fashion, this paper will focus only on the role of the New Testament in the composition of the Book of Mormon.