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“Rise Up, O Light of the Lord”: An Appropriate and Defensible Etymology for Cumorah

Title“Rise Up, O Light of the Lord”: An Appropriate and Defensible Etymology for Cumorah
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
AuthorsHoskisson, Paul Y.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume60
Pagination239–252
KeywordsHill Cumorah (Battleground); Hill Cumorah (New York); Onomastics
Abstract

This article explores issues with past suggestions concerning the etymology of the name Cumorah and suggests a slightly updated etymology, “Rise up, O Light of the Lord.” It then suggests that Book of Mormon references to the Hill Cumorah appear to confirm the proposed etymology, thus becoming an apt description of the Restoration.

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/rise-up-o-light-of-the-lord-an-appropriate-and-defensible-etymology-for-cumorah/