strtoupper('“I') Make an End of My Writing Upon These Plates”

Jacob passes the plates on to his son, giving Enos the identical instructions that Nephi had given him (Jacob 1:2–4). The transmission line of the plates now follows Jacob’s lineal descendants.

Translation: It might seem unusual that the French word adieu is in a text that purports to be a translation of a document written prior to the development of the French language. However, while it is certainly true that French should not be on the plates, it is equally true that English should not be on the plates. It is no more surprising to see a French word in the translation than it is to see the English words in the translation. Adieu literally means “to God,” and was part of the basic vocabulary of English speakers during Joseph Smith’s time (and remains part of English today). This term adequately communicates the meaning intended.

Text: This is the end of a chapter and book.

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Brant Gardner

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2

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