Source:Rediscovering the Book of Mormon:Ch:8:13:Hebraisms:Possessive pronouns

Hebrew influence on Book of Mormon text: Possessive Pronouns

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Hebrew influence on Book of Mormon text: Possessive Pronouns

In Hebrew, a possessive pronoun is added to the end of the noun. Thus my book would be the book of me. This Hebraic usage is reflected in several examples from the Book of Mormon:

"hear the words of me" (Jacob 5:2)
"the Gentiles shall be great in the eyes of me" (2 Nephi 10:8)
"how unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him" (Jacob 4:8)
"they are delivered by the power of him" (2 Nephi 9:25)
"setteth at naught the atonement of him and the power of his redemption" (Moroni 8:20)[1]

Notes

  1. ↑ John A. Tvedtnes, "The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon," in Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, edited by John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Co.; Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991), Chapter 8.