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Biblical PN 1. Prophet who testified of the coming of CHRIST, apparently during the CLassical ISRAELITE period (Helaman 8:20).


The spelling EZIAS is an 1830 edition error made by the printer. The P MS reads EZAIAS. This error continues in all editions, except the RLDS 1908 and a few others.[1]

The correct spelling may reflect KJV NT PN Esaias = Greek hēsaias (Matthew 3:3), which is simply another form of OT ISAIAH = HEBREW yĕšˁayāh(û) “Salvation of God[2];The Lord is salvation”[3] (Isaiah 1:1).

The misspelling as hapax legomenon “Ezias” may follow KJV Apocrypha PN Ezias in 1 Esdras 8:2 (IV Ezra) Oziou, Ozeiou, Eziou, Ezariou variants in the Greek Septuagint (LXX).

As George Reynolds said: “Orson Pratt suggests. . . that ‘Ezias may have been identical with Esaias’,”[4] which would accord with the LXX and Matthew 3:3 Ēsaias. Since Esaias is listed in Jethro’s line of authority (Doctrine and Covenants 84:11-13), he is therefore a good candidate for the Old World prophet in the Book of Mormon. If this latter is the case, then it is doubtful that Book of Mormon EZAIAS is a variant form for the NT rendering in Greek of ISAIAH, Esaias (contra JAT). Based on this assumption, a Semitic root along the line of ʿz/ṣ(y)s/ś might prove fruitful.


See also Ezias/Ezaias Variant


Ezaias, Esias

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐀𐐞𐐌𐐊𐐝 (iːzaɪʌs)


  1. See for example, The Restored Covenant Edition (1999), and the Royal Skounsen’s Yale edition (2009).
  2. Y. Gitay, “Isaiah, the Book of,” in P. Achtemeier, ed., Harper’s Bible Dictionary, SBL, 426.
  3. LDS “Bible Dictionary,” 667, 707.
  4. Reynolds, Dictionary of the Book of Mormon, 89.