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"And There Wrestled a Man with Him" (Genesis 32:24): Enos’s Adaptations of the Onomastic Wordplay of Genesis
|Title||"And There Wrestled a Man with Him" (Genesis 32:24): Enos’s Adaptations of the Onomastic Wordplay of Genesis|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Bowen, Matthew L.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Enos (Son of Jacob); Jacob (Son of Isaac); Onomastics|
In this brief note, I will suggest several instances in which the Book of Mormon prophet Enos utilizes wordplay on his own name, the name of his father “Jacob,” the place name “Peniel,” and Jacob’s new name “Israel” in order to connect his experiences to those of his ancestor Jacob in Genesis 32-33, thus infusing them with greater meaning. Familiarity with Jacob and Esau’s conciliatory “embrace” in Genesis 33 is essential to understanding how Enos views the atonement of Christ and the ultimate realization of its blessings in his life.
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