NEHOR

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Jaredite GN 1. City and land (Ether 7:4, 9)
Lehite PN 2. Apostate, executed ca. 91 B.C. (Alma 1:15; 2:20; 6:7; 14:16, 18; 15:15; 16:11; 24:29)
Lehite Gentilic 3. Apostate group named from No. 2, termed “order of NEHOR”, “order and faith of NEHOR” , or “profession of NEHOR

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 or derived from one or more Semitic roots.

If the Lehite PN NEHOR is not dependent on the JAREDITE GN, then perhaps biblical names can be appealed to for the Lehite PNs. The biblical PN Nahor, from the Hebrew nāḥōr, the grandfather of ABRAHAM and Rebecca, and ABRAHAM's brother, immediately comes to mind. Unfortunately, Nahor does not have a secure etymology in HEBREW.[1] Probably related to biblical Nahor is the Palmyrene PN nḥwr (JH).

There is also a Middle Bronze Age city in the Balikh valley called naḫur (na-ḫu-urki).[2] Somewhat unlikely is the derivation of the name NEHOR from the hebrew noun nāhār, "river."[3] Even less likely is Egyptian n-ḥr, "belonging to Horus" (JAT).

Note that NEHOR and Korihor, two of the three apostate preachers of the Book of Mormon (the third being Sherem), bear names that are probably Jaredite in origin, which may say something about those involved in apostate movements.

See Book of Mormon DESOLATION OF NEHORS

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐤𐐀𐐐𐐃𐐡 (niːhɔːr)

Notes


  1. See HALOT, נחור .
  2. Brigitte Groneberg, Die Orts- und Gewässernamen der altbabylonischen Zeit, Répertoire Géographique Textes Cunéiformes 3 BTAVO B 7/3 (Wiesbaden: Ludwig Reichert, 1980), 173.
  3. George Reynolds and Janne M. Sjodahl, Commentary on the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1955-61), 6:37.
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