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Jaredite PN King (Ether 1:30–31; 7:27)
No etymology is suggested.
||King (Ether 1:30, 31; 7:7, 8 (x2), 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 (x2), 18, 19 (x2), 20, 21 (x2), 22 (x4), 23, 24, 26, 27)
Until possible language affinities for JAREDITE names can be determined, all suggestions for etymologies of JAREDITE names must remain more speculative than substantive. With that caveat, the onomasticon does offer etymologies for some JAREDITE names, especially if it is possible that some JAREDITE names were translated into NEPHITE, or were otherwise related to one or more Semitic languages.
Reynolds has suggested, “(Possibly from shaal [שעל šʾl], ‘to ask for, to desire’), meaning a man of prayer.”
One might consider Sumerian ŠU-LÁ, šu-lá (= Akkadian qiptu) "belief, trust" (CAD Q 260-63; MZ, #567 (p. 370)). Babylonian Šula is the name of a slave known in the time of Lehi and Nephi, and and dŠul-pa-è, “Young-one-shining-forth," is a divine-name in that same era.
There has been a tendency to connect the JAREDITES with the Olmec. It is not certain what language the Olmec spoke. It was probably not Maya. One might, nonetheless, be tempted to connect this king with Maya xul "carving." Such a reading does not conform to typical Classical Maya naming practices. RFS similarly suggested the Maya month-name xul “termination.” Bruce Warren likewise compares the Yucatec Maya 16th day-name for the 260-day Calendar Round.
Deseret Alphabet: 𐐟𐐆𐐅𐐢 (ʃɪuːl)
- ↑ Reynolds, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, VI:46.
- ↑ https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/ancient/mesopotamia-contracts.asp .
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0ulpae , citing Reallexikon der Assyriologie.
- ↑ Coe, Reading the Maya Glyphs, 166.
- ↑ https://dylansung.tripod.com/sapienti/maya/maya.htm .
- ↑ B. Warren, "Surviving Jaredite Names in Mesoamerica," Meridian, May 26, 2005, online at https://latterdaysaintmag.com/article-1-196/ .
- Rykle Borger. Mesopotamisches Zeichenlexikon. 2nd ed. AOAT 305. (Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, 2010). MZ
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Volume 13, Q. (Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1982). CAD Q.
- Michael Coe. Reading the Maya Glyphs (London: Thames & Hudson, 2001).