There are 3 thoughts on ““Thou Art the Fruit of My Loins”: The Interrelated Symbolism and Meanings of the Names Joseph and Ephraim in Ancient Scripture,”.

  1. I was curious to know if “fruit of X loins” was common in Joseph’s day or used in any particular way. I used Google’s cool ngram feature to search variations of “fruit of X loins” in 17, 18th, and 19th century literature.

    Other than in Mormon publications that were quoting from Nephi 3, I could find almost no use of the phrase except in direct reference to Acts 2:30.

    “Fruit of X loins” doesn’t show up in any other context. It wasn’t part of the parlance. As far as I could tell, it wasn’t the subject of published sermons or doctrinal theses. It was, for the most part, a mere afterthought in Biblical commentaries dealing with Acts 2:30.

    And nowhere is the “fruit of X loins” wordplay discussed.

    This means that the Book of Mormon parallels to the Hebrew wordplay cannot be explained by Joseph’s cultural context which is really cool.

  2. Consistent with Joseph being fruitful, his descendants in America “multiplied exceedingly” (Jarom 1:8; Mosiah 2:2),” which is also evidenced by the great numbers frequently referred to in the Book of Mormon.

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