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How would Joseph Smith manage to include verbal irony in the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon contains different examples of literary art, one of which is that of verbal irony. Verbal irony has to do with levels of ambiguity and discrepancy between what is said on the surface and what is meant below it and has only recently been studied within the Bible. 

One example of verbal irony in the Book of Mormon occurs in an exchange between Nephi, Laman and Lemuel. 

In 1 Nephi 17 Laman and Lemuel say:

Nephi goes in to use their own words (what they “know”) and shares what he knows they cannot deny in order to show that what they say they know is false:

After being shocked later in the chapter, Laman and Lemuel then reverse what they “know”:

Using irony, the reader is shown the difference between what Laman and Lemuel claim to “know” versus what they actually “know”. Where would Joseph Smith learn the skills to craft verbal irony like this, all while dictating a complex storyline?


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