HB Franchino-Olsen

“They Have Received Many Wounds”:Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to the Book of Mormon

Articles/Essays – Volume 57, No. 2

Dialogue 57.2 (Summer 2024): 5–40
This article will explain what trauma is and how to be trauma informed, describe a few examples from the Book of Mormon in which a sensitivity to trauma could reveal greater insights from the text, and argue for the importance of using a trauma hermeneutic. We conclude with an application of a trauma hermeneutic in religious settings and an argument for the importance of being aware of how scriptural trauma may interact with the potential trauma of readers.

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