Article of the Week

An Egyptian Linguistic Component in Book of Mormon Names
February 25, 2019
Article of the Week
An Egyptian Linguistic Component in Book of Mormon Names
Author Eve Koller

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Eve Koller that was published in our newest issue, 57:4. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below and download the PDF.

There are several names in the Book of Mormon—such as Zenephi, Zenos, and Zenock—that look as though they are composed of scriptural names (Nephi, Enos, Enoch, and so forth) with different forms of a z-prefix that might mean “son of ” or “descendant of.” This article proposes that the names Zenephi Zenos, Zenock, and Cezoram incorporate the names of other Book of Mormon or biblical individuals and the Egyptian pin-tail duck hieroglyph, represented by the morpheme se-/ze-, which denotes filiation with these ancestors. If this hypothesis is accurate, it could provide insight into some aspects of the structure of the language of the Book of Mormon and could also reveal information about Book of Mormon naming practices and genealogical lineages of the people who received these names.