107 - Shared Words in the Three Accounts of Alma's Conversion | BYU Studies

107 - Shared Words in the Three Accounts of Alma's Conversion

Section 7: Comparative Studies of the Book of Mormon
7-107 Shared Words in the Three Accounts of Alma's Conversion

Explanation:

The three accounts of Alma's conversion recorded in the Book of Mormon contain many shared or similar phrases, leading us to believe that Alma had repeated his story often and in a distinctive manner. The use of shared words in these three accounts is circumstantial evidence of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, since, in spite of the different settings of these accounts and the textual layers of compilation, abridgment, and translation, Alma's unique, underlying personal voice can still be heard and identified.