ANTUM

Nephite (?) GN 1. Land north of DESOLATION, where the hill SHIM is located, ca. 321 AD (Mormon 1:3)

Etymology

Because ANTUM is north of the narrow neck of land, it may be JAREDITE or an indigenous GN. An EGYPTIAN etymology is also possible, *`n.tm(w), “many waters, 10,000 waters” (RFS).

Unlikely is Akkadian antum, female divinity and consort of Anum. The ending -um is a nominative singular case ending and would not have been borrowed into biblical HEBREW. The best known example of HEBREW borrowing from Akkadian, ekallum (itself a borrowing from Sumerian é.gal) > hkl, “temple, palace,” appears in HEBREW without the case ending.

See also the king of Ashdod during Sennacherib’s Third Campaign, Mi-ti-in-ti (Col II, line 54).

Cf. Book of Mormon Cf. Book of Mormon ONTI(ES), ANI-ANTI, ANTIOMNO, ANTION, ANTIONAH, ANTIONUM, ANTIPARAH, ANTIPAS, ANTIPUS, ANTI-NEPHI-LEHI, SEANTUM, MORIANTUM, CORIANTUM, and especially IRREANTUM

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐈𐐤𐐓𐐊𐐣 (æntʌm)

Notes


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