Finding Biblical Hebrew and Other Ancient Literary Forms in the Book of Mormon


One important and fruitful area of Book of Mormon studies has focused on ancient Hebrew literary forms present in the text. After years of studying these fascinating forms, Hugh W. Pinnock offers his perspective on their beauty, function, and background. By design this book offers a basic working knowledge of only some of the ancient literary forms identified in the Book of Mormon. Together they represent a significant percentage of the types of ancient forms drawn upon by the Nephite prophets.

The author explains that knowledge of ancient Hebrew writing forms and Jewish poetry is incomplete even today, and much less so in the Prophet Joseph Smith’s day. The book aims to deepen faith in the authenticity of the Book of Mormon by calling attention to its ancient character and affirming that it was translated—not written, or even capable of being written—in early 19th-century America.


About the Author

Hugh W. Pinnock

Elder Hugh W. Pinnock (B.S., University of Utah) was an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Hebrew Writing Forms
  • Forms of Repetition
  • Forms of Parallelism
  • Miscellaneous Forms
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893381
  • Page Count: 208
  • Price: $ 19.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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