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What’s in a Name? Playing in the Onomastic Sandbox

TitleWhat’s in a Name? Playing in the Onomastic Sandbox
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBarney, Kevin L.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsOnomastics; Wordplay
Name as Key-Word brings together a collection of essays, many of them previously published, whose consistent theme is exploring examples of onomastic wordplay or puns in Mormon scripture in general and the Book of Mormon in particular. Without a knowledge of the meaning of these names, the punning in the scriptural accounts would not be recognized by modern English readers. Exploring the (probable) meanings of these names helps to open our eyes to how the scriptural authors used punning and other forms of wordplay to convey their messages in a memorable way.
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.