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September 20, 2013
And Now for Another Interesting Book of Mormon Tidbit
by Jeff Lindsay

Doug Christensen, VP and Webmaster of the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (http://bmaf.org), shared an article on Facebook recently written by Warren Bennett on the use of the easily-overlooked phrase “and now” in the ancient Middle East and in the Book of Mormon.

Turns out this phrase is often used by ancient Semitic writers to introduce a conclusion or give other emphasis to what follows.

Bennett draws heavily upon an earlier publication available at the Maxwell Institute about some ancient Jewish writings, where the “and now” pattern was noted but not directly compared to Book of Mormon uses. He does a nice job of making some connections and giving us one more interesting tidbit to better appreciate the style and content of the Book of Mormon, an ancient text preserved for our day.

For more from Jeff Lindsay, see Mormanity at http://mormanity.blogspot.com and his Mormon Answers section at http://jefflindsay.com/LDSFAQ/.

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About Jeff Lindsay

Jeff Lindsay has been defending the Church on the Internet since 1994, when he launched his LDSFAQ website under JeffLindsay.com. He has also long been blogging about LDS matters on the blog Mormanity (mormanity.blogspot.com). Jeff is a longtime resident of Appleton, Wisconsin, who recently moved to Shanghai, China, with his wife, Kendra. He works for an Asian corporation as head of intellectual property. Jeff and Kendra are the parents of 4 boys, 3 married and the the youngest on a mission.

He is a former innovation and IP consultant, a former professor, and former Corporate Patent Strategist and Senior Research Fellow for a multinational corporation.

Jeff Lindsay, Cheryl Perkins and Mukund Karanjikar are authors of the book Conquering Innovation Fatigue (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Jeff has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and is a registered US patent agent. He has more than 100 granted US patents and is author of numerous publications. Jeff's hobbies include photography, amateur magic, writing, and Mandarin Chinese.

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