GIDDONAH/GIDANAH

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Lehite PN 1. GIDANAH, Nephite son of ISHMAEL, and father of AMULEK, who lived ca. 82 BC (Alma 10:2 has P ms GIDANAH, and GIDDONAH 1830-1981).[1]
2. GIDDONAH, High priest, ca. 75 BC (Alma 30:23)

See the discussion of GID. The last part of the name, -ONAH, remains unexplained. See also the discussion under GIDDIANHI.

GIDGIDDONI and GIDGIDDONAH may somehow be derived from or related to biblical Gidgad/Gudgodah (Judges 20:45, Deuteronomy 10:7), and perhaps to Hor-hagidgad “Hollow of Gidgad” (Numbers 33:32-33), which may be the same location as Arabic Wadi Ghadhaghedh.[2]

Nibley suggests deriving it from the EGYPTIAN name for SIDON, dydwn3.[3]

Also possible is the root ǵdn > ‘dn, “luxury” (JH).

See GID, GIDGIDDONAH, GIDDIANHI, GIDGIDDONI, SIDON, ZORAM.

See also Giddonah / Gidanah Variant and Giddonah Variant

Notes

  1. R. Skousen agrees that GIDANAH is correct here – Skousen, ATV, 3:1774.
  2. J. R. Zorn in Freedman, ed., Anchor Bible Dictionary, III: 287.
  3. Nibley, LID 26, 28; and ABM 71.