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Jaredite PN 1. King (Ether 1:17–18; 10:18–19, 29)
2. Usurper (Ether 14:10–17)
No etymology is suggested.
If Semitic languages may be used to explain the Jaredite onomasticon, then the common Semitic lbb ( leb in the Hebrew), “heart, midst” would suggest a beginning point
may beto , Semitic (Hebrew ), , () .
Urrutia suggests that this may be a variant of Levi (q.v.), another Jaredite name which he says is perhaps related to Hebrew lābīʾ, “lion,” believing that a number of Jaredite
, , 
names are related to the lion or leopard (NPSEHA 150.0 [ Aug. 1982] ). See Levi.
Untenable is the suggestion of “whiteness” in Reynolds, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, VI, p. 46. In the Semitic languages “white” and its variations are formed around
the root lbn, where all three radicals are phonemic; therefore, the n cannot be arbitrarily dropped to obtain “Lib.”
Because in many languages the liquid consonants, r and l interchange or are not distinguished, and because p is the unvoiced counterpart of b,73 cf. Book of Mormon
Riplakish, Ripliancum, Riplah ( RFS) .
73 The best example of this is the fact that “paper” and “Bible” can both be traced back to the Late Bronze Age Phoenician city Byblos, where papyrus was first manufactured/
||King (Ether 1:17, 18; 10:18, 19 (x3), 29)
||Usurper (Ether 14:10 (x2), 11 (x2), 12 (x3), 13, 14, 15 (x2), 16 (x3), 17)
Until possible language affinities for JAREDITE names can be determined, all suggestions for etymologies of JAREDITE names must remain more speculative than substantive. With that caveat, the onomasticon does offer etymologies for some JAREDITE names, especially if it is possible that some JAREDITE names were translated into NEPHITE, or were otherwise related to one or more Semitic languages.
The PN LIB may derive from the Sumerian lib “(to be) rich, well-off; high quality; (to be) happy” = Akkadian hadû, hidiātu, râšu, rāšû, rīšātu. LIB may also derive from a Semitic source, e.g., Akkadian libbu, lib-bi “heart, center” (loanword into Sumerian lib “inner body; heart.” = Ugaritic lb, Hebrew לב lēb, לבב lēbāb). Less likely is the derivation of LIB from the Sumerian lib “dazed silence, (deathly) silence; (to be) dazed” = Akkadian šaqummatu; cf. Sumerian lib4 “agitate,” and lib4-lib4 “plunderer.”
See RIPLAKISH, RIPLIANCUM, RIPLAH
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐢𐐆𐐒 (lɪb)
- ↑ ePennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary, s.v. lib.
- ↑ ePSD, s.v. lib.
- ↑ Hayim ben Yosef Tawil. Akkadian Lexical Companion (Jersey City: KTAV, 2009): 177-184; Patrick R. Bennett, Comparative Semitic Linguistics: A Manual (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1998), 238-239.
- ↑ ePSD, s.v. lib.