Ziff (Book of Mormon)

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Ziff (/zɪf/[1]) is an unknown metal mentioned in the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 11:3,8).

In Hebrew, the word zîw means "splendor" or "brightness".[2]

John L. Sorenson, a Latter-Day Saint scholar of Mesoamerican archaeology, has opined that the most likely possibility for ziff is an alloy called tumbaga composed of gold and copper.[3]


  1. ^ LDS.org: "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «zĭf»
  2. ^ John A. Tvedtnes (1996). "What's in a Name? A Look at the Book of Mormon. Onomasticon". FARMS Review. Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute. 8 (2): 34–42. 
  3. ^ Sorenson, John L.. (1970-04-03) Digging into the Book of Mormon: Our Changing Understanding of Ancient America and Its Scripture – Ensign Sept. 1984 – ensign. Lds.org. Retrieved on 2012-01-25.