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WATCH: Five Evidences for Book of Mormon Names
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December 29, 2018
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One of the best ways to test the Book of Mormon’s historical authenticity is to look at its names. Each of its unique names has now been looked at by scholars with linguistic training. It turns out that a good number of them have plausible links with words or names in ancient Near Eastern languages, especially with Hebrew and Egyptian. Some of its names are even attested very close to Lehi’s day in Israel and surrounding regions. So, as a collective set, they are entirely believable. This video explores the validity of these names and highlights additional categories of evidence which help verify their authenticity. 

 

 

Click on "References" below to explore the abundant research supporting the evidence presented in this video!

References

All Book of Mormon Names

Antiquity

Sam

Josh

Alma

Glosses (and Etiologies)

Deseret

  • Deseret,” Book of Mormon Onomasticon, online at onoma.lib.byu.edu.
  • Book of Mormon Central, “Where Does the Word ‘Deseret’ Come From? (Ether 2:3),” KnoWhy 236 (November 22, 2016).
  • Kevin L. Barney, “On the Etymology of Deseret,” BCC Papers 1, no. 2 (November 2006): 1–11.
  • Paul Y. Hoskisson, “Deseret,” in Book of Mormon Reference Companion, ed. Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2003), 230.
  • Stephen Parker, “Deseret,” in Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., Encyclopedia of Mormonism (New York, NY: Macmillan, 1992), 1:370–371.
  • Hugh Nibley, Lehi in the Desert/The World of the Jaredites/There Were Jaredites, The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley: Volume 5 (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1988), 189–194.

Hermounts

Irreantum

Liahona

Mormon

Rabbanah

Rameumptom

Riplicancum

  • Ripliancum,” Book of Mormon Onomasticon, online at onoma.lib.byu.edu.

Shelem

  • ShelemBook of Mormon Onomasticon, online at onoma.lib.byu.edu.

Wordplays

Abish

Amalickiah

Aminadab

Amulon

Alma

Benjamin

Cain

  • Matthew L. Bowen, “Getting Cain and Gain,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 15 (2015): 115–141.

Cezoram

Ephraim

Enos

Esau

Faith/Truth

  • John A. Tvedtnes, “Faith and Truth,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3, no. 2 (1994): 114–117.

Garb of Secrecy

  • John A. Tvedtnes and Matthew Roper, “One Small Step,” FARMS Review 15, no. 1 (2003): 147–199.

Giddianhi

Gad[d]ianton

Heshlon

Isaac

Isabel

Ishmael

Jacob

  • Matthew L. Bowen, “Jacob’s Protector,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 27 (2017): 229–256.

Jershon

Judah/Jews

Joseph

Laban [Nabal]

Mary

Mosiah

Mormon

Nahom

  • Alan Goff, “Mourning, Consolation, and Repentance at Nahom,” in Rediscovering the Book of Mormon: Insights You May Have Missed Before, ed. John L. Sorenson and Melvin J. Thorne (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1991), 92–99. 

Nephi

Noah

Rameumptom

Paanchi

Salem

  • See Alma 13:18 (cf. Hebrews 7:2)

Sebus

Seezoram

Shi[b]lum

  • John A. Tvedtnes and Matthew Roper, “One Small Step,” FARMS Review 15, no. 1 (2003): 187.

Shilom

Word/Things

Zarahemla

Zeezrom

Zoram

Parallelisms

Heshlon

Zedekiah/Lord

  • John W. Welch, “Chiasmus in Helaman 6:7–13,” Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. John W. Welch (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1992), 130–132.  

Consistencies

 

 

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