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Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

“See That Ye Are Not Lifted Up”: The Name Zoram and Its Paronomastic Pejoration

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
3/18/2016
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
40 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, Book of Mormon, lds, mormon, Mormonism, zoram

The most likely etymology for the name Zoram is a third person singular perfect pōʿal form of the Semitic/Hebrew verb *zrm, with the meaning, “He [God] has poured forth in floods.” However, the name could also have been heard and interpreted as a theophoric –rām name, of which there are many in the biblical Hebrew onomasticon (Ram, Abram, Abiram, Joram/Jehoram, Malchiram, etc., cf. Hiram [Hyrum]/Huram). So analyzed, Zoram would connote something like “the one who is high,” “the one who is exalted” or even “the person of the Exalted One [or high place].” This has important implications for the pejoration of the name Zoram and its gentilic derivative Zoramites in Alma’s and Mormon’s account of the Zoramite apostasy and the attempts made to rectify it in Alma 31–35 (cf. Alma 38–39).

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