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

Where Did the Names Mahaway and Mahujah Come From? A Response to Colby Townsend’s “Returning to the Sources,” Part 2 of 2

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
10/22/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
68 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Book of Moses, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, Colby Townsend, lds, Mahijah, Mahujah, Mormonism, textual criticism

Review of Colby Townsend, “Returning to the Sources: Integrating Textual Criticism in the Study of Early Mormon Texts and History,” Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies 10, no. 1 (2019): 55–85.

Abstract: In this Part 2 of a set of articles supporting Colby Townsend’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance of textual criticism, we focus on his argument that Joseph Smith created the Book of Moses names Mahijah and Mahujah after seeing a Bible commentary written by Adam Clarke. We discuss why in this case such a conjecture raises more questions than it answers. We argue that a common ancient source for Mahujah and Mahijah in the Book of Moses and similar names in the Bible and the Book of Giants cannot be ruled out. We reiterate and expand upon arguments we have made elsewhere that the short and fragmentary Book of Giants, a work not discovered until 1948, contains much more dense and generally more pertinent resemblances to Moses 6‒7 than the much longer 1 Enoch.

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