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Pearl of Great Price PN 1. HENI GN land of (BofMoses 7:9).Moses 7:9

Cf. KJV PN Hen = Hebrew חן ḥēn “Favor, Grace”[1] (Zechariah 6:14), perhaps in a gentilic form meaning “Generous.”[2] The same phenomenon does take place for חוני ḥônî, the hypocoristic form of the Hebrew name yôḥānān “John, Yahweh is gracious” (1 Chronicles 12:2,4, Matthew 3:1).[3]

Possible also is Egyptian hn, hny, hnw, “praise (of god or king); rejoice”; hynw “jubilation,” which is a special arm-raising gesture made during the Sed-Festival.[4] The term is also used in parallel to dwЗ “worship”; wnw (BD 15:4-5).

Val Sederholm suggests Egyptian hni “tent-people,”[5] from hnt “hide, skin”; cognate with Hebrew ḥnh חנה “pitch tent; encamp” (Exodus 14:9, 18:5, 33:7, Psalm 34:8).


  1. BASOR, 231:76; B. M. Metzger, ed., “Topical Index to the Bible,” 92.
  2. Cf. William L. Reed, “Some Implications of Ḥēn for Old Testament Religion,” JBL, 73/1 (Mar 1954):36-41, online at https://www.jstor.org/stable/3261367?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents .
  3. B. M. Metzger, ed., “Topical Index to the Bible,” 113.
  4. Faulkner, CDME, 159; Gardiner, Sign List, A8.
  5. Faulkner, CDME, 201; Sederholm, June 21, 2010, online at http://valsederholm.blogspot.com/2010/06/names-heni-and-haner-in-book-of-moses.html .