ZENOS

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Brass Plates PN 1. Old World Prophet (1 Nephi 19:10, 12, 16; Jacob 5:1; 6:1; Alma 33:3, 13, 15; 34:7; Helaman 8:19; 15:11; 3 Nephi 10:16)

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Etymology

Cf. s.ena-n and s.a'ana-n, placenames in Joshua 15:37 and Micah 1:11, perhaps related to the word for “flock” (JH).

Cf. Greek PN ze-nos, meaning “guest, host, stranger, ally, hireling” (RFS, JH). The word corresponds to HEBREW za-r, ge-r, “stranger, sojourner, resident alien,” befitting of, e.g., the Levites who had no tribal allotment. Smith suggests that ZENOS/Zenoz is a JOSEPHITE of the preExilic period, possibly resident in a Greek speaking area (Greece, Aegean, Asia Minor). Cf. also Greek PN zenas, contraction of ze-nodôros. ”gift of Zeus” (RFS).

Nibley compares the writings of ZENOS as reflected in the Book of Mormon with those of one Zenaz/Kenaz, who may be the same individual (HWN in SC 313–26).

Cf. Book of Mormon ZENOCK, ZENIFF, ZENEPHI, ZEEZROM, et al.

ZENOS. HEBREW, Zenas, a proper name. Reynolds, Story of the Book of Mormon, p. 296.

Cf. sonaan and saʾanaan, related to the word for “flock.” Could possibly be the Greek name Zeno with masc. ending os. Carlton, J. A.

See also Zenos Variants

Variants

Zenas

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐞𐐀𐐤𐐊𐐝 (ziːnʌs)

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