|Lehite PN||1.||Captain of fifty in JERUSALEM (1 Nephi 3:31; 2 Nephi 4:1), and custodian of Brass Plates (1 Nephi 3:3) and a descendant of JOSEPH who was sold into EGYPT (1 Nephi 5:16).|
|2.||Brass Plates of (1 Nephi 3:3, 12 – 3 Nephi 10:17)|
|3.||Sword of (1 Nephi 4:9; 2 Nephi 5:14; Jacob 1:10; Words of Mormon 1:13; Mosiah 1:16).|
The PN LABAN appears in Genesis 24:29, 50, and as a GN in Deuteronomy 1:1. The PN lbn also appears in Ugaritic. It is possible that the name derives from the Hebrew lābān “white, pale.” Because the Hebrew feminine form lĕbānâ means “full moon,” the biblical PN could also be a theophoric element analogous to the Babylonian names containing the theophoric name Sîn, meaning the moon god. This would be especially meaningful since the biblical Laban lived in Haran (Genesis 27:43; 29:4), which (like Sumerian Ur) was a center of worship of the Moon-god Sîn.
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐢𐐁𐐒𐐊𐐤 (leɪbʌn)
- This GN is equivalent to the Egyptian Rwbn, RbЗnЗ = “town of Laban” in Palestine, taken by Sargon II of Assyria. ( Wiseman, DOTT, 62[h].)
- Cyrus H. Gordon, Ugaritic Textbook 19.1351.
- J-C. Margueron, “Ur,” in Freedman, ed., ABD, VI:766; Y. Kobayashi, “Haran,” ABD, III:58-59.