|Biblical GenN||1.||Ancient Near Eastern people mentioned in the ISAIAH section of 2 Nephi (2 Nephi 20:26 = Isaiah 10:26)|
|Lehite GN||2.||NEPHITE land (Alma 24:5)|
The HEBREW pronunciation, midyān, is not preserved in all Bibles. Thus, in the Septuagint it is spelled madiam; in the Vulgate, Madian, in Wycliffe, Madian, in the Matthew Bible, Madian, and in the Geneva, Midian.
The only place in the Book of Mormon where the name appears as a Book of Mormon name is in Alma 24:5, where it appears as “Medeon” in the original manuscript, but was corrected to “Midian.” In the printer's manuscript it appears first as “Midion,” but was corrected to “Midian.” Thus, 1830-2013 have “Midian.”
Royal Skousen conjectures, with good reasoning and evidence, that the single occurrence as a Book of Mormon GN, in Alma 24:5, may be a scribal error by Oliver Cowdery for MIDDONI, a common GN in the book of Alma.
See also Midian / Mideon Variants
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐣𐐆𐐔𐐆𐐊𐐤 (mɪdɪʌn)