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

Coming Down and Bringing Down: Pejorative Onomastic Allusions to the Jaredites in Helaman 6:25, 6:38, and Ether 2:11

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
2/12/2021
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
20 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Book of Mormon, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, Jaredites, lds, Mormonism, onomastics, pejorative

Abstract: Mormon uses pejorative wordplay on the name Jaredites based on the meaning of the Hebrew verb yārad. The onomastic rhetoric first surfaces in Helaman 6 where Mormon also employs wordplay on the name Cain in terms of qānâ or “getting gain” in Helaman 6:25 and Helaman 6:38. Moroni reflects upon his father’s earlier use of this type of pejorative wordplay when he directly informs latter-day Gentiles in Ether 2:11. All three of these onomastic allusions constitute an urgent and timely warning to latter-day Gentiles living upon the land of promise. They warn the Gentiles against “coming down” to believe in and partake of the works and spoils of secret combinations like the Jaredites and the Nephites did, and thus “bringing down” their own people to destruction and “bringing down” the “fullness of the wrath of God” upon themselves, as the Jaredites and the Nephites both did.

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