“And Thus Ended the Forty and Second Year of the Reign of the Judges”

Brant Gardner

Redaction: Mormon suspends his story of Gadianton at the close of the forty-second year, but it is far from over. The close of the year, which Mormon is using as the structure of his narrative, ends this part of the story. (For the structural implications of this foreshadowing, see Helaman, Part 1: Context, Chapter 3, “The Gadianton Robbers in Mormon’s Theological History: Their Structural Role and Plausible Identification.”)

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5