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Names and Meaning: Zoram as a Case Study

Book of Mormon Onomasticon Project Launched Online
The Book of Mormon Onomasticon project, which has long been in the works, has finally been launched online. Although it is still under development, there is plenty of great information and research available already on every single name in the Book of Mormon. Many of the entries provide convenient summaries of the research that has gone into a Book of Mormon name. Some brief time browsing the entries will quickly make it apparent which names have received the most attention from scholars and which names need more work. In any event, it is a great new tool for Book of Mormon study.

My Apologia to Mike Adams

I don’t really know much about who Mike Adams is, or what makes him think he is an authority on Mormonism, but his recent column at Townhall, egregiously titled “My Apology to Mormon Readers” is a complete slap-in-the-face. I am stunned that Townhall has allowed itself to be party to such blatant bigotry. In any event, because it exists, I am sure people will read it. Thus, I am writing a response, meant to show the problems with Adams’s statements. Adams is either unaware of LDS scholarship on these topics, or blatantly choose to ignore it.


In this, the final issue of the FARMS Review (before the name was changed to the Mormon Studies Review), the shifts in emphasis (which prompted the name change) are quite apparent. Much less book-review-centric, and not burdened down by any sort of commitment to review everything (which, I think, is the mentality which produced the much larger volumes of old), this issue offers a modest collection of essays, most of which are on the Book of Mormon. Rod Meldrum’s heartland theory remains on center stage as it is scrutinized in two reviews (recommended together below) by Matt Roper. Other topics in this issue are LDS apologetics, letters in the Book of Mormon, the promised land covenant in the Book of Mormon, Book of Mormon historicity, and social trends among America’s youth.