Origin of the Names Zeezrom and Jershon in The Book of Mormon

by | Feb. 13, 2014

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I mention these biographical details in order to illustrate the background of training and experience from which Professor Ricks speaks. He recently published a very brief but striking article in the free online “Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture” (mormoninterpreter.com) under the title “A Nickname and a Slam Dunk: Notes on the Book of Mormon Names Zeezrom and Jershon.”

In it, he first discusses “Zeezrom,” which, he argues, seems to be a “dysphemism” — that’s the opposite of a “euphemism” — a nickname meaning “he of the ezrom.”

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