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p. 132. Themeslocked

  • Terryl L. Givens

Abstract

Five major themes run throughout the book of Mormon and give it a distinctive identity. Personal revelation informs characters and their actions throughout the narrative. The Book claims to constitute a separate additional revelation, with Christ the narrative focus pre- and post-incarnation with foreknowledge of his coming and an additional visitation to the Nephites. The themes of wilderness and the ‘varieties of Zion’ are explored in the context of the American West. The insistence on transparency and new configurations of scripture is contrasted with the Bible. Lastly, family plays an essential role in shaping the narrative of the Book of Mormon.

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