AMMAH

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Lehite PN 1. Missionary, ca. 91 BC (Alma 20:2; 21:11)

Etymology

The most likely root here seems to be ʿmm, a common Semitic kinship term meaning variously “people, clan, paternal uncle, grandfather,”[1] and appears in several biblical PNs, e.g., Ammiel, Ammihud, Amram, and Amraphel. This name could be a hypocoristicon similar to the Aramaic PN ʿmʼ,[2] and the Punic PN ʿmʼ (KAI 78:9), of the Book of Mormon type AMINADAB, AMINADI, or the Amorite PNs ḫa-am-mu-dda-gan “people/kinsman of (the god) Dagan,”[3] and am-mi-ad-du, “people/kinsman of (the god) Addu.”[4] Compare also the Amorite PN am-mi-ia,[5] and the Palmyrene PN ʿmbkrʼ.[6] Cf. the HEBREW or Aramaic ʿmʼ, name of an artisan on stone inscription from Persian period[7] (JAT).

Also possibly same as KJV GN Ammah, HEBREW ʼammâ, a hill east of Gibeon (2 Samuel 2:24), which may derive from HEBREW ʼammâ “cubit; foundation.”

Cf. Book of Mormon AMINADAB, AMINADI

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐈𐐣𐐂 (æmɑː)

Notes


Cf. HEBREW or Aramaic ʿmʾ, name of an artisan on stone inscription from Persian period (IDAM No. 44.323) (JAT).

Neither ʾmmh “forearm, cubit” nor ʾmh “handmaid” fit this NEPHITE masculine PN.

  1. HALOT, sv. עם.
  2. KAI, 232.
  3. KAI, 197.
  4. CAAA, 261.
  5. CAAA, 260.
  6. Stark, 45.
  7. IDAM No. 44.323.
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