|Lehite PN||1.||AntiChrist, ca. 75 BC (Alma 30:12, 23, 36, 43, 48, 50, 51, 52, 56, 57 (x2), 58 (x3); 31:1)|
The fact that there is a JAREDITE PN CORIHOR makes it likely that the Lehite name was borrowed from the JAREDITE (JAT), with the likely interchange of k and c. Nibley, however, suggested an EGYPTIAN derivation based on ḥeriḥor (ḥurḥor, etc.), name of a high priest of Amon who seized the throne of Thebes ca. 1085 BC. Book of Mormon KORIHOR was charged with witchcraft (PRIESTCRAFT?) and brought before AMMON, high priest over the people of AMMON (LID, 20–21, 27; WJ, 258; part in ABM, 284,286; see also SC, 193). In this and similar stories, Nibley is the first to give evidence for metonymy in Book of Mormon names, though he did not follow through. Note also that of the great apostate preachers of the Book of Mormon, SHEREM, NEHOR and KORIHOR, the latter two bear names that probably are JAREDITE in origin, which may say something about those involved in apostate movements.
It is possible that the c and the k reflect different JAREDITE and Lehite pronunciations of the same phoneme. This assumes that Joseph Smith was systematic in his transliteration of Book of Mormon names, and that the Lehite version of the name KORIHOR was borrowed from the JAREDITES (JAT).
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐗𐐄𐐡𐐌𐐐𐐃𐐡 (koʊraɪhɔːr), 𐐗𐐄𐐡𐐌𐐐𐐄𐐡 (koʊraɪhoʊr)