Question: Is the phrase "they were astonished beyond measure" in Gilbert Hunt's ''The Late War'' a "rare phrase"?

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Question: Is the phrase "they were astonished beyond measure" in Gilbert Hunt's The Late War a "rare phrase"?

The critics note that "These phrases are rare—meaning that they are not found in other contemporary books of Joseph's time, and that they are not found in the King James Version of the bible" [1]

Chris Johnson, Duane Johnson, ""A Comparison of The Book of Mormon and The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain," http://wordtreefoundation.github.io/thelatewar/

In order to make this a "rare phrase," the critics must remove the word "all" from the Book of Mormon phrase

  • The Late War 33:30: "they were astonished beyond measure"
  • Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 2:13: "they were astonished beyond all measure"

The core phrase "they were astonished ... measure" appears in the Bible with the synonym "out of" in place of "beyond"

  • Mark 10:26: "they were astonished out of measure"


Notes

  1. Chris Johnson, Duane Johnson, ""A Comparison of The Book of Mormon and The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain," http://wordtreefoundation.github.io/thelatewar/