KnoWhy #406 - How Does the Book of Mormon Use a Hebrew Pun on King Noah's Name? (Mosiah 11:6)


KnoWhy #406 - How Does the Book of Mormon Use a Hebrew Pun on King Noah's Name? (Mosiah 11:6)

TitleKnoWhy #406 - How Does the Book of Mormon Use a Hebrew Pun on King Noah's Name? (Mosiah 11:6)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2018
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAllusion; King Noah; Noah (Prophet); Onomastics; Pun; Wordplay
Abstract

The Book of Mormon inverts the puns on Noah’s name found in Genesis when
punning on King Noah’s name. In Hebrew, the name Noah was associated with divine rest.
The story of Noah in Genesis repeatedly connects the name noah with the word nwh (to
“rest”) and the similar word nhm (to “regret” or “be sorry”; “console oneself,” or “comfort”
someone). The Book of Mormon uses the same wordplays on the name Noah that the bible
does. However, it uses them to caricature King Noah and his priests, depicting them as the
opposite of the biblical Noah.

URLhttps://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/how-does-the-book-of-mormon-use-a-hebrew-pun-on-king-noahs-name
Citation Key3760