|Lehite GN||1.||Hill of, on which NEHOR is executed, 1st cent. B.C. (Alma 1:15)|
|Lehite PN||2.||NEPHITE soldier sent to watch AMLICITES, 1st cent. B.C. (Alma 2:22)|
|Lehite GN||3.||NEPHITE land of, on southern border with LAMANITES (Alma 16:6, 7; 17:1; 22:27; 43:22, 24, 25, 32, 42; 59:6)|
|4.||NEPHITE city of, chief city of land of MANTI (56:14 (x2); 57:22; 58:1, 13, 25, 26, 27, 28, 39).|
No West Semitic etymologies are apparent, below are some other suggestions.
Such a name is unlikely to be Northwest Semitic due to the -nt- constant combination. In such a case, the -n- should assimilate to the -t-.
Hugh Nibley compared the ancient EGYPTIAN PN Manti-Mankhi, a prince in Upper EGYPT ca. 650 B.C. referring to the Neo-Assyrian spelling Manti, in this case the PN in cuneiform Manti-m-eḫē < EGYPTIAN PN Mnṯw-m-ḥ3t "Month-is-satisfied," or cryptographic Mnṯw-mḥjt "Month-of-the-North," with hieroglyphs showing the EGYPTIAN god Month sitting down, holding a sail. Nibley recognized that the name includes a late form of the EGYPTIAN DN Month/Montu/Mntw, known in Greek as Hermonthis (cf. HERMOUNTS). He also lists the forms of Manti, Monti, Menedi, etc., but especially the EGYPTIAN name of a Hittite city, Manda.Unlikely is HEBREW mnty "my portion," again because the -n- should assimilate to the -t- in Northwest Semitic (JAT).
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐣𐐈𐐤𐐓𐐌 (mæntaɪ)
- Nibley, LID, 29.
- Takács, EDE III:3; cf. Zauzich, Hieroglyphs Without Mystery, 30, 92.
- Nibley, LID, 29.
- Nibley, ABM, 138.
- Reynolds, Dictionary of the Book of Mormon, 304.
- Reynolds, Story of the Book of Mormon, 299.
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Reynolds, George. Dictionary of the Book of Mormon Comprising Its Biographical, Geographical and Other Proper Names. SLC: J.H. Parry, 1891/Deseret Sunday School Union, 1910/1929/P.C. Reynolds, 1954.
Reynolds, George. Story of the Book of Mormon. SLC: J.H. Parry, 1888.
Takács, Gábor. Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, III. Leiden: Brill, 2007. EDE III
Zauzich, Karl-Theodor. Hieroglyphs Without Mystery: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Writing, trans., A. Roth. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992.