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About Amanda Colleen Brown

Amanda Colleen Brown is a graduate student in Bible and the Ancient Near East at The Hebrew University at Jerusalem, where she focuses on Akkadian literature, Israelite popular religion, and women in the Hebrew Bible. She previously graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. She is also passionate about percussive dance styles, literature, and travel.

Toward a Deeper Understanding:
How Onomastic Wordplay Aids Understanding Scripture

Abstract: Matthew L. Bowen’s book compels readers to consider both the Book of Mormon’s construction and the significance of names in the text. Bowen and his coauthors invite readers to contemplate not only scripture but its stages of construction to completion, be they first draft, editing, final abridgement, or translation. Bowen’s work reveals how, in the endeavor to sacralize the act of scripture reading, specific details like names and their meanings can invigorate one’s understanding of the narrative and its theology, preventing such reading from becoming a rote endeavor.

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.

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