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Understanding the Book of MormonA Reader's Guide$
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Grant Hardy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.001.0001

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Providential Recurrence

Providential Recurrence

Parallel Narratives

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(p.152) 6 Providential Recurrence
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Understanding the Book of Mormon
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Grant Hardy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.003.0006

In the Book of Mormon, many narratives have parallels. These include 1) simple parallels, such as Abinadi's story being like that of Moses, 2) complex parallels in which a single story has multiple referents, as happens with Nephi and Lehi's deliverance from prison, and 3) contrastive narratives in series. Examples of the last category can be found in three pairs of incidents in which a remarkable success wrought by ordinary competence is immediately followed by a much more spectacular achievement brought about through faith. Mormon has employed selection, arrangement, and phrasing to construct these parallel narratives, but he wants to show that these are actual historical patterns rather than clever impositions by the narrator.

Keywords:   parallel, narratives, Moses, Nephi, Lehi, contrastive, Mormon, selection, arrangement, phrasing

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