SIRON

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Lehite GN 1. Land near the borders of the Lamanites, ca. 73 BC (Alma 39:3)

Etymology

Given the possibility of Phoenician influence on the Mulekites who first settled the land around ZARAHEMLA,[1] this GN may be identical to the biblically attested Phoenician name for Mount Hermon, namely, śiryôn (Deuteronomy 3:9 and Psalms 29:6), Sirion in KJV (JH, JAT).[2]. Notice also the similar biblical word siryôn which in Jeremiah 46:4 and 51:3 is a type of body armor (JH).


Unlikely are the following suggestions:

A variant spelling of or confusion with Sharon (HEBREW šārōn), a portion of the coastal plain in ISRAEL (JH).

The name of a place called “the cistern of Sirah” (HEBREW bōr has-sirāh) in 2 Samuel 3:26 (JH), possibly Arabic ʿayn sāra(t), a mile and a half NW of Hebron, or ḥirbet sira, SSW of Hebron (JAT).

Biblical seren, “tyrant” (JH).

Biblical sīr, “throne, hook” (JH), but in Isaiah 34:13, “forest, jungle” (luxuriant growth) (RFS).

See also Siron Variants

Variants

Siren

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐝𐐌𐐡𐐊𐐤 (saɪrʌn)

Notes


  1. The River SIDON, part of the Mulekite territories, seems to be identical to the Phoenician city SIDON.
  2. Also unusual is the metathesis of the r and n, and the slightly different vowels in the Amorite name for the same mountain, śenīr, KJV Shenir (see Deuteronomy 3:9, and “Senir” in Ezekiel 27:5 and 1 Chronicles 5:23).
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