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Variant Spellings of MESSIAH

masiah

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

Summary: Scribal error; Messiah correct.

Source: OM 96-99, 127; PM 79-80, 102-03.

Jesus Christ

1 Nephi 12:18
O, 1830: Jesus Christ
P: Jesus Christ >js Mosiah
1837-1981: the Messiah

Mosiah

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).

Acceptability: Skousen restores Jesus Christ here.

Source: ATV 1:258-59.