SHIBLOM

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Jaredite PN 1. JAREDITE king and son of COM (Ether 11:4 (x3), 5, 7, 9)
Lehite PN 2. General, 4th c. AD (Mormon 6:14)

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 to one or more Semitic languages.

This is one of many JAREDITE names that seem to have come into Lehite. See also the similar PN SHIBLON. If this really is a JAREDITE name, then no etymology is suggested.

If Semitic can be appealed to for JAREDITE etymologies, then perhaps the biblical PN šōbāl, Shobal in KJV, should be considered for at least the first part of this name (JH). The root means *. Can the -om come from ʿm, people?

There are other possibilities from the root šbl, including *šōbel, “flowing skirt,” šibbolet, “ear of grain,” and šebīl, šebūl, “path,” should be considered (JH; see also Reynolds, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, IV, p. 282).

If r and l interchange in Lehite, maybe šeber, “grain” (Genesis 42:26 has šibrām, “their grain”) (RFS).

Cf. Book of Mormon SHIBLUM, SHIBLON

See also Shiblom Variants & Shiblom / Shiblon Variants

Variants

Shiblom, Shiblon, shublons, shiblons

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐟𐐆𐐒𐐢𐐊𐐣 (ʃɪblʌm)

Notes


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