“After That I Am Gone to the Father”

Alan C. Miner

According to John Tvedtnes, the Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon help persuade us that it is authentic . . . Biblical Hebrew begins subordinate clauses with prepositions plus a word that translates as that, such as in Ezekiel 40:1: "after that the city was smitten." Such a use of that in English is awkward and therefore rare. Yet it appears frequently in the Book of Mormon, another evidence of Hebrew influence. It was even more frequent in the 1830 edition, but many of the thats were dropped from later editions to read more smoothly (for example 2 Nephi 2:26; 4:32; 29:8; 6:5; 1 Nephi 13:15; 16:22 etc.). One example among many found in the Book of Mormon is in 3 Nephi 28:1, "after that I am gone to the Father." [John A. Tvedtnes, "The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon," in Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, F.A.R.M.S., pp. 86-87]

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