Messiah / Masiah / Jesus Christ / Mosiah Variants

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Variant Spellings of MESSIAH

1 Nephi 10:4

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 10:5

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 10:7

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 10:9

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 10:11

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 10:14

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 10:17

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 15:13a

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

1 Nephi 15:13b

  • O: masiah
  • P: Messiah

Source: O 96-99, 127; P 79-80, 102-03.

1 Nephi 12:18

  • O, 1830: Jesus Christ
  • P: Jesus Christ >js Mosiah
  • 1837-1981: the Messiah

1 Nephi 12:18

  • O, 1830: Jesus Christ
  • P: Jesus Christ >js Mosiah
  • 1837-1981: the Messiah
  • Discussion: J. Smith crossed out Jesus Christ in P and replaced it with Mosiah, "his spelling for Messiah. The s in the name Mosiah can be pronounced as an /s/ or a /z/. (Both pronunciations are listed, for instance, in the pronouncing guide at the end of the 1981 LDS edition; in the 1920 LDS edition, only the /s/ pronunciation is given.) Joseph Smith apparently pronounced Mosiah with the /s/, along with a reduced schwa vowel /ə/ for the first vowel; thus for him Mosiah and Messiah were homophonous . . . In any event, Joseph intended Messiah, which is what was set in the 1837 edition (plus the addition of the definite article the" (ATV 1:259).

Source: ATV 1:258-59.