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Why do we see examples of the dative impersonal in the Book of Mormon?

Stanford Carmack notes how the Book of Mormon contains many examples of “dative impersonal constructions” such as:

It grieveth me that…

This archaic grammatical form is Early Modern English (centuries before Joseph Smith’s day) and while the dative impersonal appears 9 times in the Bible, the Book of Mormon contains non-biblical examples such as:

How did Joseph Smith know of this ancient grammatical form and how did he dictate 50 examples including those not found in the Bible?


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