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Jaredite PN 1. Challenger to the JAREDITE throne (Ether 13:23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 (x2), 31; 14:3 (x2), 4, 5, 8)


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, (SHARED may be a translation of the JAREDITE name into NEPHITE and not a transliteration), Ugaritic šrd, “to present (an offering), bring down from God,” probably a Š-stem causative from the root yrd, “to descend,”[1] then SHARED could mean “offering” or “presentation.” Note a possible parallel construction, with interchange d > t, in the HEBREW šārēt, “service” in cultic ritual (Numbers 4:12 and 2 Chronicles 24:14), from the verb šrt meaning “to serve” in cultic ritual.[2]

Confer also the Ebla city-name *šeraduki (Pettinato, Archives) (JAT).



Deseret Alphabet: 𐐟𐐁𐐡𐐇𐐔 (ʃeɪrɛd)


  1. Analytic Ugaritic Bibliography, ed. Manfried Dietrich and Oswald Loretz, Alter Orient und Altes Testament 20/6 (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1996), 693.
  2. The Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament: sub שרת.