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How do we account for the Book of Mormon’s frequent usage of “that” and “which”, rather than “who” or “whom”?

John A. Tvedtnes explains:

Another example is that of the frequent usage of “that” or “which” in the first edition, where in English, “who, whom” properly belongs. The change to the latter is, of course, warranted in the English language, but unfortunately a Hebraism is lost by such a transformation. For, in Hebrew, the relative “pronoun” ʾăšer is used for both human and nonhuman, as well as for place relativization.

Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon: A Preliminary Survey John A. Tvedtnes

Why would Joseph Smith use these unnatural pronouns frequently in the Book of Mormon? 


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