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The Characters that were engraved upon the Book of Mormon plates were written and read from "right to left" on each metal leaf.


Joseph Smith stated;  "I wish to mention here that the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general, [right to Left]."  (History of the Church, 1:71, by Joseph Smith)

Hebrew is written from right to left rather than left to right as in English...."

"Ancient Hebrew had no spaces between sentences, paragraphs, or even sections...."
Ancient "Middle East" practice is called subscriptio, is to place the title page at the end of a book.


"Like most early Semitic alphabetic writing systems, the [Hebrew], alphabet has no vowels. People who are fluent in the language do not need vowels to read Hebrew, and most things written in Hebrew in Israel are written without vowels."  (Judaism 101, Hebrew Alphabet)

"Ancient Hebrew had no spaces between sentences, paragraphs, or even sections, it was often difficult to determine the meaning of a writer after the words had been deciphered."   (John E. Remsburg)

"One characteristic of the Cowdery writing in the manuscript that almost never appears in his other writings is the complete lack of punctuation and paragraphing, a peculiarity that applies to the other two scribes as well. The lack of such detail, however, by one whose usual mode of writing did not preclude this, adds credence to the claim of a dictated text for the Book of Mormon."  (The Original Book of Mormon Manuscript, by Dean C. Jesse, BYU Studies, vol. 10 (1969-1970), Number. 3 - Spring 1970, p. 276.)

"E.B. Grandin, [publisher of the first edition of the Book of Mormon] had John H. Gilbert go through the manuscript to add punctuation and paragraphing. This was done to give the text a semblance of order and structure.

The printer's manuscript was delivered to the typesetter by Hyrum Smith a few pages at a time. All the punctuation and paragraphing was supplied by Gilbert as he set the book in type."   (A Bibliography of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New York, Ohio, and Missouri, Peter Crawley, BYU Studies, vol. 12 (1971-1972), Number 4 - Summer 1972, p. 472)

This ancient practice of placeing the title page at the end of a book is called "subscriptio".  Walter Burkert traced this Greek practice to the middle east.  (The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age, by Walter Burkert)