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

Joel Stucki joel at stucki.ws
Thu Aug 24 23:47:10 EDT 2006

On 8/24/06, Harold Holmyard <hholmyard at ont.com> wrote:
> Dear Joel,
> >>
> > Astute observation Harold. I believe it was Mark Twain who commented
> > that if "And it came to pass" were removed from the Book of Mormon it
> > would be reduced to the Pamphlet of Mormon.
> HH: Interesting.
> >
> > But I believe the argument of Skousen is that Smith as an illiterate
> > farm boy could not have known these things.
> HH: But Smith lived in the northeast, where there were a lot of educated
> people. He lived in Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania. He lived near
> the town of Palmyra, New York.
> > Regardless of this
> > specific argument that does remain true. Smith produced a 500+ page
> > book covering many important theological issues and quite a complex
> > narrative when he was in his early 20's in just over 60 days of
> > dictation.
> HH: No, it was two-and-a-half years of dictation. The following is worth
> reading:
> http://lds-mormon.com/jsmith.shtml
> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard
This is a charged subject and clearly off topic for the list. There
are far more scholarly sources I could provide you to give a more
objective view. If you are interested I will be happy to refer you to
them off list.

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