The name Chemish is mentioned as a Nephite record keeper in the Book of Omni 1:8-10. Richardson, Richardson and Bentley write that not only is this name found to be of ancient Hebrew origin, but also the meaning of the name is fitting for the calling of the individual who bore that name. The Hebrew equivalent shem-ash can be found in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, which means "to serve, minister"--a possible name-title that symbolized the calling to serve as a record keeper for his Nephite brethren. [Allen H. Richardson, David E. Richardson and Anthony E. Bentley, 1000 Evidences for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Part Two-A Voice from the Dust: 500 Evidences in Support of the Book of Mormon, p. 226]

Alan C. Miner -

Alan C. Miner

Step by Step Through the Book of Mormon: A Cultural Commentary