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How would Joseph Smith know to not use any punctuation in the Book of Mormon?

John Gee explains:

According to John Gilbert, the typesetter, the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon was unpunctuated: “Every Chapter, if I remember correctly, was one solid paragraph, without a punctuation mark, from beginning to end.” This is in keeping with many ancient languages and scripts that work without punctuation marks. Ancient languages tend to do without typographic punctuation; they use words for punctuation instead. This verbal punctuation provides the signposts that control and structure the flow of the narrative.

Verbal Punctuation in the Book of Mormon I: (And) Now – John Gee

How did Joseph Smith know this? Wouldn’t it have been difficult for Joseph to use verbal punctuation while dictating?


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