MANTI

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Lehite PN 1. Soldier, spy, ca. 87 BC (Alma 2:22)
Lehite GN 2. Hill near ZARAHEMLA, ca. 90 BC (Alma 1:15)
3. City and land, ca. 65 BC (Alma 16:6; 59:6)

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Etymology

According to Nibley, this is the Semitic form of an EGYPTIAN proper name, e.g., Manti-Mankhi, a prince in Upper EGYPT ca. 650 BC, and is a late form of EGYPTIAN month/ montu/mntw, the god of Hermonthis near Thebes (LID, 29). He lists the EGYPTIAN forms Manti, Monti, Menedi, etc., but especially the EGYPTIAN name of a Hittite city, Manda (ABM, 138).

Unlikely is Hebrew mnty, “my portion,” because the n should assimilate to the t (JAT). Even more unlikely are the suggestions that it is Hebrew, “man,” “something mysterious” (Reynolds, Dictionary of the Book of Mormon, p. 304), and that it relates “to prophets or oracles” (Reynolds, Story of the Book of Mormon, p. 299).

Variants

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Notes