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Jaredite PN 1. King (Ether 1:8-9; 11:14)

No etymology is suggested.

Cf. the biblical Hebrew place-name Etham in Exodus 13:20 and Numbers 33:6-8 (JAT).

Cf. Book of Mormon ETHER

It is doubtful that it is Semitic for “their strength” (Reynolds, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, VI:46).

See also Ethem/Etham Variant