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Toward a Deeper Understanding: How Onomastic Wordplay Aids Understanding Scripture
TitleToward a Deeper Understanding: How Onomastic Wordplay Aids Understanding Scripture
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBrown, Amanda Colleen
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume29
Pagination247-250
KeywordsName; Onomastics; Wordplay
Abstract
Matthew L. Bowen’s book compels readers to consider both the Book of Mormon’s construction and the significance of names in the text. Bowen and his coauthors invite readers to contemplate not only scripture but its stages of construction to completion, be they first draft, editing, final abridgement, or translation. Bowen’s work reveals how, in the endeavor to sacralize the act of scripture reading, specific details like names and their meanings can invigorate one’s understanding of the narrative and its theology, preventing such reading from becoming a rote endeavor.
 
Review of Matthew L. Bowen, Name as Key-Word: Collected Essays on Onomastic Wordplay and the Temple in Mormon Scripture (Salt Lake City: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2018). 408 pp., $24.95.
URLhttp://www.mormoninterpreter.com/toward-a-deeper-understanding-how-onomastic-wordplay-aids-understanding-scripture/

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