Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

“Possess the Land in Peace”: Zeniff’s Ironic Wordplay on Shilom

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
2/8/2018
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
12 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
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Book of Mormon, lds, Mormonism, Shilom, Zeniff

Abstract: The toponym Shilom likely derives from the Semitic/Hebrew root š-l-m, whence also the similar-sounding word šalôm, “peace,” derives. The first mention of the toponym Shilom in Zeniff’s record — an older account than the surrounding material and an autobiography — occurs in Mosiah 9:6 in parallel with Zeniff’s mention of his intention to “possess the land in peace” (Mosiah 9:5). The language and text structure of Mosiah 9:5?6 thus suggest a deliberate wordplay on Shilom in terms of šalôm. Zeniff uses the name Shilom as a point of irony throughout his brief royal record to emphasize a tenuous and often absent peace between his people and the Lamanites.

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