You know how some people just say things to be annoying?
If you have siblings, I’m sure you understand that all too well.
My brother always told me I was adopted – and he would only do it to get me riled up. He knew it wasn’t true.
No validity to it, it was just easy picking and whenever he felt like trying to get me mad he would toss that one at me.
I feel there are people who do something similar with regards to Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.
People say all sorts of things – trying to explain away the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.
“Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon.”
“Joseph Smith copied the Book of Mormon from the Bible.”
“Joseph Smith copied the Book of Mormon from similar books of his time.”
Just stop it. You know this isn’t true.
Joseph Smith could never do it. It could only come from God.
…the plates were delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated them by the gift and power of God.
Hebraisms for Days
Some critics have disparaged the Book of Mormon’s language for being too repetitive. This may lead readers to wonder if it has any literary merit at all.
The following video from Book of Mormon Central demonstrates that the Book of Mormon’s redundancies are actually sophisticated literary features which, in many cases, are similar or identical to literary techniques used by ancient Hebrew authors.
A number of other Hebrew features can also be found in the text. These traits provide remarkable evidence that the Book of Mormon is indeed a masterful work of literature. It just follows ancient, rather than modern literary standards.