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Joseph Smith and the “Red Sea” in 2 Nephi 19:1

TitleJoseph Smith and the “Red Sea” in 2 Nephi 19:1
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
AuthorsWilson, E. Jan
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsBook of Mormon Translation; King James Bible; Language – Hebrew; Masoretic Text; Red Sea; Scribal Error; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

When Nephi quotes Isaiah 9:1 in 2 Nephi 19:1, Isaiah’s the “way of the sea” (KJV translation) becomes “the way of the Red Sea” in the Book of Mormon, a change that is often said to reflect an egregious blunder by Joseph Smith or a scribal error. However, there may be a scenario in which it could reflect a reasonable interpretation of an authentic ancient passage.


Scripture Reference

2 Nephi 19:1
Isaiah 9:1