Ecclesiastes 1:9; “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
Mosiah 11:3; “And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.”
1 Kings 6:1; “And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.”
Last month we found ourselves adding to the list of items in the BoM that were non-existent in the Americas from BC 600 to 421 AD. See Book of Mormon’s Ziff Myth.
This month I’m finding myself thinking I should have known better… After twenty plus years in ministry I should check to see if Joe Smith lifted the word ‘Ziff’ from the Bible, and changed its meaning, and/or spelling.
While doing my Bible study, I came across an interesting word that stood out like a blaring beacon. Sigh…
‘Zif’, sometimes spelled ‘Ziv’, is the second month of the Jewish calendar, and found only twice in God’s word. The transliteration is ‘ziw’, and it’s phonetic pronunciation is ‘zeev’. Strong’s Talking Greek and Hebrew Concordance defines it in the following manner –
“probably from an unused root meaning to be prominent; properly brightness [compare <H2122> (ziyv)], i.e. (figurative) the month of flowers; Ziv (corresponding to Ijar or May) :- Zif.”
Was this mistranslated in Smith’s ‘book’? The passage of scripture in 1st Kings would’ve told Smith it was the time of year Israelites commemorated their exodus from Egypt and denounced anything to do with their ungodly way of life. It looks as if Smith changed the meaning of this word to take attention away from what God had done for the Israelites.
This way he could trick the Mormon people into believing God had hung them out to dry in a war-torn Jerusalem and introduce the BoM.
Moral to this story? When you think you’ve uncovered all the lies in the Book of Mormon, look again, because there’s always another lurking right around the corner.