MARY

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Biblical PN (NT) 1. Mother of JESUS mentioned in Mosiah 3:8; Alma 7:10

Etymology

MARY is mentioned as the mother of JESUS in Mosiah 3:8 and Alma 7:10 but is not mentioned as a separate PN or GN in the Book of Mormon. The PN MARY in the Book of Mormon is based on the KJV New Testament name of the mother of JESUS. MARY is usually derived from the HEBREW female PN miryam. While the etymology is disputed, a now fairly common suggestion derives it from Egyptian mryt meaning “beloved,” while “gift (of God)” has also been suggested.[1] The Hebrew name is realized in Greek as Mariam/Maria and in the Latin Vulgate as Mariam/Maria.

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐣𐐁𐐡𐐆 (meɪrɪ)

Notes


  1. HALOT 635-36. For a discussion of how the meaning “loved one” is used in the context of the PN Mary, see Matthew Bowen, “‘Most Desirable above All Things’: Onomastic Play on Mary and Mormon in the Book of Mormon,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, 13 (2015): 27-61.
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