SHILOM

Lehite GN 1. City and land, near the city of NEPHI, ca. 121 BC (Mosiah 4:5, 7, 16, 21; 9:6, 8, 14; 10:8; 11:12, 13 (x2); 22:8, 11; 24:1; Alma 23:12)

Etymology

If SHILOM is not a metathesized variant of SHEMLON (q.v.) it is most likely from the HEBREW root šlm, to be whole, complete" in the piel, "to reward, recompense; avenge," in an infinitival or substantival form, e.g. šillum, "reward, recompense; vengeance."

It is less likely that the name is a misspelling of Shalom (JH), because of the number of occurrences of SHILOM in the Book of Mormon (JAT). It is less likely, too, that SHILOM is a confusion between the Greek and HEBREW forms of the spring known in HEBREW as siloah, in NT Greek as siloam, and in Arabic as silwan. It is less likely, as well, that SHILOM is a derivation from, or mistake for, šîlōn, perhaps the source of the biblical gentilic "Shilonite" (JH; see HALOT) and probably related to the biblical GN šilōh (šilō, šīlō). (Note that the biblical GN is ḫirbet silūn in Arabic (JAT).)

Cf. Book of Mormon SHELEM, SALEM

See also Shilom Variants

Variants

Shemlon

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐟𐐌𐐢𐐊𐐣 (ʃaɪlʌm)

Notes


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