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Biblical GN 1. A great Eastern empire (2 Nephi 17:17; 21:16)

This biblical GN is the English rendering of the original Assyrian language name of their homeland, Aššur, and the city of the same name, probably after their patron god, Aššur. As has been pointed out, the biblical genealogies give “Asshur, . . . the son of Shem” (1 Chronicles 1:17) as the eponymous ancestor of the Assyrians (Reynolds, DBM 85).