DESERET

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Jaredite noun 1. “Honey-bee” (Ether 2:3)

Etymology

Until possible language affinities for JAREDITE names can be determined, all suggestions for etymologies of JAREDITE names must remain more speculative than substantive. With that caveat, the onomasticon does offer etymologies for some JAREDITE names, especially if it is possible that some JAREDITE names were translated into NEPHITE, or were otherwise related to one or more Semitic languages.

The Book of Mormon supplies its own meaning for this word. Since the JAREDITE relationship with known languages has not been well established.

If EGYPTIAN may be appealed to, dšr.t, “red (land),” the name of Upper EGYPT, of which the symbol was the bee, and the king’s crown (the dšr.t-crown) was an elongated beehive shape (and peasant houses were similarly shaped). [1] Also, dsrt = “archaic and ritual designation of the bee was ‘DESERET, a ‘word of power’, too sacred to be entrusted to the vulgar.”[2]

Sjodahl, Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, p.11 : HEBREW, asher = “happiness, blessedness;” and ashur = “one that is happy.”

See also Deseret Variant

Variants

Deseret

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐔𐐇𐐝𐐀𐐡𐐇𐐓 (dɛsiːrɛt)

Notes


  1. Nibley, Hugh W., “There were Jaredites III,” (Improvement Era, April 1965).
  2. Nibley, World of the Jaredites, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book: 1988) p. 192.

Bibliography


  • Daniel H. Ludlow A Companion to your Study of the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1969.
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