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Why does the Book of Mormon include examples of anapodoton?

FAIR Latter-day Saints explains:

Anapodoton is a figure in which a main clause is suggested by the introduction of a subordinate clause, but the main clause never occurs. It is an intentional sentence fragment.

FAIR Latter-day Saints – Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon

An example of anapodoton in the Book of Mormon is found in Alma 36:9 which says:

And he said unto me: If thou wilt of thyself be destroyed, seek no more to destroy the church of God.

In English this scripture does not make sense, but this uncompleted positive if-clauses with a negative meaning is characteristic of strong imperative and declarative statements in Hebrew

Where would Joseph Smith have learnt about anapodoton?


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