EMRON

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Lehite PN 1. NEPHITE warrior (Moroni 9:2) P MS EMER, but EMRON Pc 1830-1981

Etymology

The Lehite PN EMRON may derive from the HEBREW ʾāmar "to speak."[1](J. Tvedtnes). If so, it may be a hypocoristic (i.e., short-form) with the HEBREW (and common Semitic) ending -ōn of PNs (and GNs). Thus, EMRON could mean "Word (of God/Lord); (God/Lord) is commander/the spokesman" (PYH); cf. biblical HEBREW ʾimrô "his command" (Job 20:29). The HEBREW PN Imri (1 Chronicles 9:4) comes from this root word (JH).

It is also possible that EMRON may derive from the same root as the biblical Hebrew PN Omri (1 Kings 16:16 passim), ʿomrî. Unfortunately, the "meaning of the personal name [Omri] is not known,"[2] though suggestions have been made. For example, Omri may be related to the Amorite PN element ḫamru which may mean "live long, thrive," or "sacred precint."[3] Also, Omri may be hypocoristic for hypothetical *ʿomrîyyāhû "Yahweh is my life/(the) life, which Yahweh (has given)."[4]

Emron may also possibly from the HEBREW gentilic ʾēmôrî "Amorite" (Genesis 10:16; Ezekiel 16:3, 45; Amos 2:9, 10).

See EMER, AMORON, AMMORON, COMRON, MORON, OMER.

See also Emron/Emer Variant

Variants

Emer

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐇𐐣𐐡𐐊𐐤 (ɛmrʌn)

Notes


  1. "Hebrew Names in the Book of Mormon," paper presented at the Thirteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, August 2001. See page 3 of the version of this presentation that was distributed at the FAIR conference in Mesa, Arizona, 14 January 2002.
  2. HALOT
  3. Herbert B. Huffmon, Amorite Personal Names in the Mari Texts (Baltimore, Maryland: The John Hopkins Press, 1965), 198-9.
  4. Winfried Thiel, “Omri,” in D. Freedman, ed. Anchor Bible Dictionary V:17. HALOT also suggests the possibility that the etymology of Omri may be based on Arabic ʿamara “to live."
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