[b-hebrew] Hebrew "If-and" construction and the Book of Mormon

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Wed Aug 16 05:08:12 EDT 2006

On 16/08/2006 06:37, Kevin Riley wrote:
>  Maybe it would pay to ask an English dialectologist whether this
> construction was found in spoken English around 1830. ...

It might also be worth researching whether there were any highly literal 
translations of the Old Testament in circulation which used this 
construction, which Joseph Smith might have known and copied. From 
http://www.bible-researcher.com/versbib8.html, I might suggest considering:
> *1764*. Anthony Purver, /A new and literal translation of all the 
> books of the Old and New Testament; with notes critical and 
> explanatory./ 2 Vols. London: W. Richardson and S. Clark, 1764. Often 
> called "The Quaker Bible," because Purver was a Quaker.
Could Smith have had a copy of this? Did this use the "if...and" 
construction? Some leads for possible research.

Peter Kirk
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