Posted by: isaiahsfan | May 10, 2007

Book of Mormon Plates

The chart below shows the relationship that the Book of Lehi, the Small Plates of Nephi, and the Large Plates of Nephi have to the Book of Mormon.  Notice that the Large Plates of Nephi contained a comprehensive summary of Lehi’s record, including Lehi’s genealogy and Nephite history.  The Large Plates of Nephi were meant to be continued by later writers.  The portion that was written by Nephi was translated by Joseph Smith into 116 manuscript pages and lost.  It was replaced with the Small Plates of Nephi, covering the same time period but including a more spiritual account.  Nephi speaks about the purpose of his Small Plates in 1 Nephi 6.

Book of Mormon Plates

This chart shows the source plates for the Book of Mormon:

 

A good overview of the source plates of the Book of Mormon is found in the following article:

Plates and Records in the Book of Mormon by Grant R. Hardy and Robert E. Parsons

For more depth on Book of Mormon structure (and a better view of the above chart) read

A Theory of Evolutionary Development for the Structure of the Book of Mormon by Quinn Brewster

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