Review of Lynn F. Price, Every Person in the Book of Mormon: A Chronological Reference and Synopsis. Bountiful, Utah: Horizon, 1995. 208 pp., with index. $14.98.



Reviewed by Paul Hoskisson

The author has gathered together in this handy paperback all the personal names of the people mentioned in the Book of Mormon. (This means that gentilics or personal names used as place names are not included?for example, "Ammon" in 2 Nephi 21:14 [=Isaiah 11:14] and some occurrences of "Judah" [several places] are not discussed.) Each entry of a name mentions where the name first appears, gives other references, and offers a short, elementary synopsis of the major events in that person's life. No attempt is made to etymologize the names. The discussions of the people have been arranged according to their appearance in the Book of Mormon. Thus Lehi is discussed first and Shiz last. Each person is assigned a number according to the order of his or her first appearance, Lehi being #1 and Shiz being #238. An alphabetical listing of the names in the index at the back of the book contains each person's number of appearance so that finding any given person is relatively easy. The list of Book of Mormon people's names seems complete. Appendix A lists biblical people whose names appear in the Book of Mormon but who are not Book of Mormon persons. Missing from the biblical list are "Immanuel" in 2 Nephi 17:14 (=Isaiah 7:14); "Jeberechiah" in 2 Nephi 18:2 (=Isaiah 8:2); "Judah" in 2 Nephi 3:12 (see Ezekiel 37:16), 15:3, 7 (=Isaiah 5:3, 7); "Jotham" in 2 Nephi 17:1 (=Isaiah 7:1); and "Lucifer" in 2 Nephi 24:12 (=Isaiah 14:12). Though "Satan" is mentioned in 1 Nephi 13:29, the name is not listed.