JARED

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Jaredite PN 1. Man who left Tower of Babel, founder of JAREDITES (Ether 1:32, 33, 34 (x2), 35 (x4), 36, 37, 38, 39 (x2), 40, 41 (x2); 2:1 (x2), 4 (x2), 8, 13, 14 (x2), 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23; 3:1, 6 (x3), 7, 21, 25; 4:1, 4 (x2), 7 (x2); 6:1, 2 (x2), 9, 14, 15, 16, 19 (x2), 20 ( x2), 23, 24, 25, 27, 39; 7:5; 10:2; 11:17; 12:20 (x2), 21 (x2), 24, 30; Moroni 1:1)
2. Son of OMER, rebel, king (Ether 8:1 (x2), 2, 5 (x2), 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 (x3), 12, 13, 17 (x2); 9:3, 4, 6)

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.

Though the linguistic and cultural links of JAREDITE to ancient Near Eastern languages remain uncertain, some conjectures may still be made. There is no certainty regarding the etymology of JARED, in part because it is unclear whether the JAREDITES were Semitic or Mesopotamian in origin. Still, the antediluvian Book of Mormon patriarchal PN JARED may be derived from the same Hebrew root as the biblical name, “Jared,” namely, yrd, “descend, go down.”[1] It is possible the name is a hypocoristicon meaning “God shall/has descend(ed).”

See Book of Mormon JAREDITES

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐖𐐁𐐡𐐇𐐔 (dʒeɪrɛd)

Notes


  1. See also Reynolds and Sjodahl, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 6:46; Robert F. Smith “Some ‘Neologisms’ from the Mormon Canon,” 1973 Conference on the Language of the Mormons, May 31, 1973 (Provo: BYU Language Research Center, 1973), 65, online at https://www.scribd.com/document/363522963/SOME-NEOLOGISMS-FROM-THE-MORMON-CANON .
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