“He Commanded the Multitude That They Should Cease to Pray and Also His Disciples”

Alan C. Miner

According to John Tvedtnes, the Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon help persuade us that it is authentic . . . A difference between Hebrew and English conjunctions is that in Hebrew the same conjunction can carry both the meaning and and also the opposite meaning but. Evidence for Hebraism in the Book of Mormon lies in the fact that some passages use the conjunction and when but is expected. One example among many is found in 3 Nephi 20:1, "He commanded the multitude that they should cease to pray, and also his disciples. And [= but] he commanded them that they should not cease to pray in their hearts." [John A. Tvedtnes, "The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon," in Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, F.A.R.M.S., p. 84]

3 Nephi 20:3 He brake bread and blessed it, and gave it to his disciples to eat ([Illustration]) "That Ye Do Always Remember Me." Artist: Gary L. Kapp [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Ensign, Front and back cover, November 1998]

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