Books predating the bible
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.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.A few passages in the Book of Mormon appear to use phrases from the KJV, but with certain words changed to English homophones.For example, 3 Nephi 25:2 reads, "But unto you that fear my name, shall the Son of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves in the stall." This is identical to Malachi 4:2, except that the word "Son" is used in place of "Sun".
When the 1920 edition of the Book of Mormon was being prepared, the preposition "with" was added in this passage "so that readers would not misinterpret the language." The older sense of the word "counsel" became obsolete about 250 years prior to Smith's birth.The Book of Mormon contains many linguistic similarities to the King James Bible (KJV).In some cases, entire passages are duplicated in the Book of Mormon.A few examples are 2 Nephi 19:1, 2 Nephi 21:3, and 2 Nephi 16:2.
The Book of Mormon references "dragons" and "satyrs" in 2 Nephi -22, matching the KJV of the Bible.
And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the Sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name: for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.