Why is the phrase "The Children of Men" so over used in modern scripture?
The phrase "the children of men" is used consistently through many
of the modern scriptures published by Joseph Smith. By comparing the frequencies
of the use of this phrase in the Bible and then to the modern scriptures,
a pattern emerges that suggests that the same author wrote parts of the
Book of Mormon, D&C, and Book of Moses. This author would most likely
be familiar with this phrase from reading the Psalms.
The phrase "the children of men " only occurs once in each of the
following books of the Old Testament:
1 Samuel 26:19
2 Samuel 7:14
1 Kings 8:39
2 Chronicles 6:30
The Psalms are contained in about 84 pages in the KJV and therefore this phrase
has a frequency of about 14/84 or .17 per page.
This phrase is not used at all in the New Testament.
It is interesting to note that except for Psalm 107, this phrase
is never used more than one time per book or Psalm.
In the Book of Mormon and other scriptures "translated" or published
by Joseph Smith, we find that this phrase is used over and over again on
a consistently high basis:
Pages in Book
Frequency of Usage per Page
The consistent overuse of this phrase may indicate that the same
author (or abridger) was at work on the above mentioned books, especially
those highlighted with a *. It is significant that this phrase is used
in every book in the Book of Mormon except for Enos, Omni, and the
Words of Mormon. The "Book of Moses" uses this phrase at the same frequency
as found in 1 & 2 Nephi. In Moroni, the phrase is used more than
once per page. JST Isaiah introduces the phrase 6 times when the original
Old Testament book doesn't use the phrase even one time.
Did the writer of the JST Isaiah and the Book of Moses also write
sections of the Book of Mormon?