Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

“And They Shall Be Had Again”: Onomastic Allusions to Joseph in Moses 1:41 in View of the So-called Canon Formula

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
6/20/2019
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
12 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Add, canon formula, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, diminish, joseph, lds, Mormonism, Moses, Moses 1, wordplay

Abstract: Moses 1:41 echoes or plays on the etymological meaning of the name Joseph — “may he [Yahweh] add,” as the Lord foretells to Moses the raising up of a future figure through whom the Lord’s words, after having been “taken” (away) from the book that Moses would write, “shall be had again among the children of men.” Moses 1:41 anticipates and employs language reminiscent of the so-called biblical canon formulas, possible additions to biblical texts meant to ensure the texts’ stability by warning against “adding” or “diminishing” (i.e., “taking away”) from them (e.g., Deuteronomy 4:2; 5:22 [MT 5:18]; 12:32 [MT 13:1]; cf. Revelation 22:18– 19). This article presupposes that the vision of Moses presents restored text that was at some point recorded in Hebrew.

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