TEOMNER

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Lehite PN 1. Military officer, ca. 63 BC (Alma 58:16, 19, 20, 23)

Etymology

The PN TEOMNER may be composed of the elements TE- and OMNER, a Book of Mormon PN and a GN that occurs in the period after the Nephite/Mulekite unification. The initial element TE- of the PN TEOMNER may be a Mulekite dialect rendering of the demonstrative m.s. pronoun, which in Hebrew is zēh, in Aramaic and in Ugaritic , thus producing the meaning, “He of/The one of/From OMNER.”

Alternatively, TEOMNER may derive from the Hebrew elements ṭʿm, “to perceive” and nēr, “light,” yielding a possible meaning, “Perceive the Light,” with light being a theophoric element.

In addition to OMNER, COMNOR also appears as a name in the Book of Mormon, suggesting om+ner and com+nor (where both om/am and ner/nor have been posited as morphemes in Book of Mormon names, based on still further examples) (JAT).

It is also possible that the PN TEOMNER is related to the Egyptian PN Teumman, an easterner living in Egypt.[1]

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐓𐐀𐐉𐐣𐐤𐐇𐐡 (tiːɒmnɛr)

Notes


  1. Hugh W. Nibley, Since Cumorah, ed. John W. Welch, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book/Provo, UT: FARMS, 1988), 194.
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