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Wouldn’t Joseph Smith have thought it odd to include Greek names in the Book of Mormon such as Timothy?

On the surface, the Greek names Timothy and Lachoneus in the Book of Mormon may seem out of place however Hugh Nibley points out:

[R]emember…that in Lehi’s day Palestine was swarming with Greeks, important Greeks. Remember, it was Egyptian territory [prior to being seized by Babylon] at that time and Egyptian culture. The Egyptian army, Necho’s army, was almost entirely Greek mercenaries. We have inscriptions from that very time up the Nile at Aswan-inscriptions from the mercenaries of the Egyptian army, and they’re all in Greek. So Greek was very common, and especially the name Timotheus.

Hugh W. Nibley, “Lecture 27: Omni; Words of Mormon; Mosiah 1: The End of the Small Plates and The Coronation of Mosiah,”.

How would Joseph know that Greek names would be appropriate in the Book of Mormon? Wouldn’t he have avoided names his audience might think were out of place? 


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