Messiah / Masiah / Jesus Christ / Mosiah Variants
From Book of Mormon Onomasticon
Variant Spellings of MESSIAH
- 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.