Books predating the bible
Examples include the use of the word "require" to mean "to request" in Enos (compare to KJV Ezra ) and use of "to cast arrows" to mean "to shoot arrows" in Alma 49:4 (compare to KJV Proverbs ).I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name. And the scriptures, concerning my coming are fulfilled. One author makes the point that certain portions of the Greek manuscripts of Matthew 5–7 do not agree with the KJV of the text, and concludes that the Book of Mormon version of the sermon should not contain text similar to the KJV.The KJV of 1769 contains translation variations which also occur in the Book of Mormon.The Book of Mormon explicitly quotes the prophet Isaiah.It contains 19 chapters of the KJV of Isaiah in their entirety, along with parts of a few other chapters.Regarding this record, 1 Nephi states: The text of the Book of Mormon is written in an archaic style, and some Latter Day Saints have argued that one would expect a more modern 19th-century vocabulary if Smith had authored the book.The Book of Mormon also appears, according to Skousen, to use archaic phrases that are not found in the KJV but were in current usage at or around the time of its first publication in 1611.
In contrast, those who reject the miraculous origin of the Book of Mormon view the KJV as a major source for the Book of Mormon.Smith claimed a divine origin for his ability to translate.The existence of biblical passages in the Book of Mormon is explained in the text as being the result of Lehi's family bringing with them a set of brass plates from Jerusalem which containing the writings of Moses, Isaiah, and several prophets not mentioned in the Bible.He argues that some of these comparisons show support for the Book of Mormon passages as having been derived from an ancient text.In an analysis of each of the examples that Tvedtnes presented, Wright argues that the support given by Tvedtnes was "problematic as proof" and that in some cases Tvedtnes's analysis and evidence was "highly ambiguous, substantially incomplete, strained, or simply in error." The KJV is seen as a significant source for the Book of Mormon among those who reject the miraculous origin theory.