PAANCHI

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Lehite PN 1. Contender for the Judgement seat, son of PAHORAN No. 1, d. 52 BC (Helaman 1:3, 7)

Etymology

PAANCHI is quite plausibly the EGYPTIAN name p3-ʿnh first attested in the Thirteenth Dynasty (ca. 1800-1600 B.C.)[1] becoming popular from the Twenty-First through Twenty-Seventh Dynasties,[2] and surviving until Roman times (transcribed into Greek as Ponchēs)[3] The name means "the living one."[4] (JG). Hugh Nibley has suggested that this is the same name as the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty Pharaoh,[5] although that pharaoh's name has also been read as Piye.[6]

It has been suggested that this name, found in HEBREW as paʿnēaḥ, in English as Paaneah, was given to Joseph by Pharaoh in Genesis 41:45[7] (RFS). The full name (Zaphnathpaaneah) fits a well-known naming pattern: dd-DN-iw=f-ʿnh "DN has said: 'he will live!'"[8] The hypochoristic form of the name iw=f-ʿnh is known from the Ptolemaic period, [9] but non-hypochoristic forms are known much earlier.

Cf. Book of Mormon PACUMENI, PAHORAN (PACHUS, PAGAG?), TEOMNER, TEANCUM.

See also the Philistine name ptgyh, a goddess worshiped in the PHILISTINE city of Ekron, possibly meaning “‘the goddess Gaia (Earth) who was worshiped in Pytho.’”[10]

See also Paanchi Variants

Variants

Paachi

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐑𐐁𐐈𐐤𐐗𐐌 (peɪænkaɪ)

Notes


  1. H. S. Smith, The Fortress of Buhen: The Inscriptions (London: Egypt Exploration Society, 1976), Plate V 4 (#1078), line 5'.
  2. Hermann Ranke, Die ägyptischen Personennamen, 1:103.
  3. Erich Lüddeckens, et al., Demotisches Namenbuch (Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert, 1983), 1.3:162.
  4. Lüddeckens, et al., Demotisches Namenbuch, 1.3:162.
  5. Lehi in the Desert, 22–23, 27; An Approach to the Book of Mormon , 283-284; see also Since Cumorah, 194.
  6. Richard A. Parker, "King Py, a Historical Problem," Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 93 (1966): 111—14.
  7. 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 .
  8. John Gee, "Egyptian Society during the Twenth-Sixth Dynasty," in Glimpses of Lehi's Jerusalem (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 2004), 280, 289-90.
  9. Lüddeckens, et al., Demotisches Namenbuch, ; Ranke, Die ägyptischen Personennamen, 1:14.
  10. See Tristan Barako, “One: by Sea,” Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 29, no. 2 (March/April 2003): 31.
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