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Given the close connection between the PN A<small>NTIONAH</small> and the unit of gold currency "antion" ([http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/11.19?lang=eng Alma 11:19]) there may be a subtle metonymic play on the name A<small>NTIONAH</small>, who functions as chief ruler of the renegade [[NEPHITE(S)|Nephite]] city of [[AMMONIHAH|A<small>MMONIHAH</small>]] and [[ZEEZROM|Z<small>EEZROM</small>]], who joins with [[ALMA|A<small>LMA</small>]] and [[AMULEK|A<small>MULEK</small>]] in preaching to the inhabitants of the city: [[ZEEZROM|Z<small>EEZROM</small>]] could be seen metonymically as "Mr. Moneybags" and A<small>NTIONAH</small> as "Mr. Gold Nugget."<ref>I owe this comment to the perceptive observation made by [[Jeff Lindsay]]. Also found in Gordon C. Thomasson, “What’s in a name? Book of Mormon Language, Names, and [Metonymic] Naming,” ''Journal of Book of Mormon Studies'' 3/1 (Spring 1994):1-27.</ref>
  
 
If the name is to be divided into the elements ''anti''- and -''onah'', the first part of this PN, ''anti'', may have the same constituent elements as [[ANTI-NEPHI-LEHI|A<small>NTI-NEPHI-LEHI</small>]]. If the first element ''anti''- is from the [[EGYPT|E<small>GYPTIAN</small>]] ''nty'', ''enty'', nad has the same meaning, it may be pronounced ike the English "Anti-", with the sense "who; he (of), the one having; partisan (of)." ''Onah'' may possibly be explained as ''wnh'', a type of priestly functionary (DNWSI 833). With the first element ''anti'' having the sense "he (of), the one having; partisan (of)," the PN may have the meaning "one having a priestly/priesthood function," which may be appropriate given that [[AMMONIHAH|A<small>MMONIHAH</small>]] was religiously--and politically--dissident. *''ʾnh'', "humility" is also possible, with the overall meaning "one possessed of humility."
 
If the name is to be divided into the elements ''anti''- and -''onah'', the first part of this PN, ''anti'', may have the same constituent elements as [[ANTI-NEPHI-LEHI|A<small>NTI-NEPHI-LEHI</small>]]. If the first element ''anti''- is from the [[EGYPT|E<small>GYPTIAN</small>]] ''nty'', ''enty'', nad has the same meaning, it may be pronounced ike the English "Anti-", with the sense "who; he (of), the one having; partisan (of)." ''Onah'' may possibly be explained as ''wnh'', a type of priestly functionary (DNWSI 833). With the first element ''anti'' having the sense "he (of), the one having; partisan (of)," the PN may have the meaning "one having a priestly/priesthood function," which may be appropriate given that [[AMMONIHAH|A<small>MMONIHAH</small>]] was religiously--and politically--dissident. *''ʾnh'', "humility" is also possible, with the overall meaning "one possessed of humility."
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[[Category:Names]][[Category:Nephite PN]]
 
[[Category:Names]][[Category:Nephite PN]]

Revision as of 19:16, 17 February 2014

Nephite PN 1. Ruler of the dissident city of AMMONIHAH (Alma 12:20)

Etymology

Given the close connection between the PN ANTIONAH and the unit of gold currency "antion" (Alma 11:19) there may be a subtle metonymic play on the name ANTIONAH, who functions as chief ruler of the renegade Nephite city of AMMONIHAH and ZEEZROM, who joins with ALMA and AMULEK in preaching to the inhabitants of the city: ZEEZROM could be seen metonymically as "Mr. Moneybags" and ANTIONAH as "Mr. Gold Nugget."[1]

If the name is to be divided into the elements anti- and -onah, the first part of this PN, anti, may have the same constituent elements as ANTI-NEPHI-LEHI. If the first element anti- is from the EGYPTIAN nty, enty, nad has the same meaning, it may be pronounced ike the English "Anti-", with the sense "who; he (of), the one having; partisan (of)." Onah may possibly be explained as wnh, a type of priestly functionary (DNWSI 833). With the first element anti having the sense "he (of), the one having; partisan (of)," the PN may have the meaning "one having a priestly/priesthood function," which may be appropriate given that AMMONIHAH was religiously--and politically--dissident. *ʾnh, "humility" is also possible, with the overall meaning "one possessed of humility."

Cf. Book of Mormon ONTI(ES), ANI-ANTI, ANTIOMNO, ANTION, ANTIONUM, ANTIPARAH, ANTIPAS, ANTIPUS, ANTUM, ANTINEPHILEHI

Variants

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐈𐐤𐐓𐐆𐐄𐐤𐐂 (æntɪoʊnɑː)

Notes


  1. I owe this comment to the perceptive observation made by Jeff Lindsay. Also found in Gordon C. Thomasson, “What’s in a name? Book of Mormon Language, Names, and [Metonymic] Naming,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3/1 (Spring 1994):1-27.