“This Son Shall Comfort Us”: An Onomastic Tale of Two Noahs

Abstract: From an etiological perspective, the Hebrew Bible connects the name Noah with two distinct but somewhat homonymous verbal roots: nw (“rest”) and nm (“comfort,” “regret” [sometimes “repent”]). Significantly, the Enoch and Noah material in the revealed text of the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis (especially Moses 7–8) also connects the name Noah in a positive sense to the earth’s “rest” and the Lord’s covenant with Enoch after the latter “refuse[d] to be comforted” regarding the imminent destruction of humanity in the flood. The Book of Mormon, on the other hand, connects the name Noah pejoratively to Hebrew nw (“rest”) and nm (“comfort” and “repentance” [regret]) in a negative evaluation of King Noah, the son of Zeniff. King Noah causes his people to “labor exceedingly to support iniquity” (Mosiah 11:6), gives “rest” to his wicked and corrupt priests (Mosiah 11:11), and anesthetizes his people in their sins with his winemaking. Noah and his people’s refusal to “repent” and their martyring of Abinadi result in their coming into hard bondage to the Lamanites. Mormon’s text further demonstrates how the Lord eventually “comforts” Noah’s former subjects after their “sore repentance” and “sincere repentance” from their iniquity and abominations, providing them a typological deliverance that points forward to the atonement of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Scripture Roundtable 56: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6, “Noah … Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House”

This is Scripture Roundtable 56 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #6, “Noah … Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House,” focusing on scriptures in Moses 8, Genesis 6-9, and Genesis 11, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2014 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable include Martin Tanner, Jeffrey BradshawBruce Webster, and Andrew Smith.


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Enoch and Noah on Steroids

Review of Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen, In God’s Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2014), 590 pp. (full color interior includes footnotes; endnotes; three excursus sections; annotated bibliography on Enoch and the Flood; comprehensive reference list; thumbnail index of one hundred and eleven illustrations and photographs; and indexes of scriptures referenced, modern prophets quoted, and topics discussed). $49.99 (hardcover). Continue reading

Noah…Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House” Moses 8:19-30; Genesis 6-9; 11:1-9

“Noah built an ark; and…the Lord smiled upon it.” (Moses 7:43)


The great cataclysmic1 flood wherein “Noah…prepared an ark to the saving of his house” is one of the most well known stories in the Judeo-Christian world.  It is story that most of us can remember from our youngest days.  If needed, anyone of us could offer a simple synopsis of what occurred: God came to the prophet Noah, warned him of the impending flood, commanded him to build an ark and gather unto temporal salvation all living things into it.  Noah obeyed.  The mighty windows of heaven were opened and the great deluge commenced to destroy all flesh save it be what had been safely gathered into the ark.  As soon as the flood ceased and dry land reappeared, Noah offered sacrifice of thanks unto God and God reestablished his covenant with Noah and his seed offering the sign of the rainbow as a token that such destruction will never come again among the children of men. Continue reading

  1. The word “cataclysm” derives from a Greek word which means “flood,” “deluge.”  So catastrophic was the flood that the word “cataclysm” came to be associated with great destruction. 

Jeffrey Bradshaw on “The Ark and the Tent: Temple Symbolism in the Story of Noah”

This is a presentation which was given at “The Temple on Mount Zion” Conference on September 22, 2012.  (We apologize for the blurriness.)

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