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Jaredite PN 1. King (Ether 1:17, 18; 10:18, 19 (x3), 29)
2. Usurper (Ether 14:10 (x2), 11 (x2), 12 (x3), 13, 14, 15 (x2), 16 (x3), 17)


Until a possible language origin for JAREDITE can be determined, all suggestions for etymologies of JAREDITE names must remain more speculative than substantive.

If JAREDITE names can be traced to Semitic roots, one may suggest the common Semitic libb (cf. Heb. lēḇ), "heart; center, midst."

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,[1]

cf. Book of Mormon


Deseret Alphabet: 𐐢𐐆𐐒 (lɪb)


  1. 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/merchandized.