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How could Joseph Smith correctly guess Mahijuah/Mahujah?

In Moses 6:40 we read of the only named character in the story of Enoch (apart from Enoch himself):

And there came a man unto him, whose name was Mahijah, and said unto him: Tell us plainly who thou art, and from whence thou comest?

In the next chapter, Moses 7:2 reads:

And from that time forth Enoch began to prophesy, saying unto the people, that: As I was journeying, and stood upon the place Mahujah, and cried unto the Lord, there came a voice out of heaven, saying—Turn ye, and get ye upon the mount Simeon.

While “Mahujah” may look like a misspelling of “Mahijah”, this is actually consistent with the underlying Hebrew of Genesis 4:18 which uses both spellings for the same person. 

At this time in Joseph’s life he didn’t understand Hebrew so how did he know about the different ways of spelling Mahijah/Mahujah?


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