Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

“This Son Shall Comfort Us”: An Onomastic Tale of Two Noahs

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
2/3/2017
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
40 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, comfort, lds, mormon, Mormonism, Noah, onomastic

From an etiological perspective, the Hebrew Bible connects the name Noah with two distinct but somewhat homonymous verbal roots: nwḥ (“rest”) and nḥm (“comfort,” “regret” [sometimes “repent”]). Significantly, the Enoch and Noah material in the revealed text of the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis (especially Moses 7–8) also connects the name Noah in a positive sense to the earth’s “rest” and the Lord’s covenant with Enoch after the latter “refuse[d] to be comforted” regarding the imminent destruction of humanity in the flood. The Book of Mormon, on the other hand, connects the name Noah pejoratively to Hebrew nwḥ (“rest”) and nḥm (“comfort” and “repentance” [regret]) in a negative evaluation of King Noah, the son of Zeniff. King Noah causes his people to “labor exceedingly to support iniquity” (Mosiah 11:6), gives “rest” to his wicked and corrupt priests (Mosiah 11:11), and anesthetizes his people in their sins with his winemaking.

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