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Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Toward a Deeper Understanding: How Onomastic Wordplay Aids Understanding Scripture

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
8/1/2018
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
8 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Book of Mormon, Book Review, lds, Matthew Bowen, Mormonism, onomastic wordplay

Abstract: Matthew L. Bowen’s book compels readers to consider both the Book of Mormon’s construction and the significance of names in the text. Bowen and his coauthors invite readers to contemplate not only scripture but its stages of construction to completion, be they first draft, editing, final abridgement, or translation. Bowen’s work reveals how, in the endeavor to sacralize the act of scripture reading, specific details like names and their meanings can invigorate one’s understanding of the narrative and its theology, preventing such reading from becoming a rote endeavor.

Review of Matthew L. Bowen, Name as Key-Word: Collected Essays on Onomastic Wordplay and the Temple in Mormon Scripture (Salt Lake City: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2018). 408 pp., $24.95.

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