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On the Etymology of Deseret
|Title||On the Etymology of Deseret|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Barney, Kevin L.|
|Date Published||November 2006|
|Keywords||Deseret; Egypt; Etymology; Honeybee; Jaredite; Symbolism|
Hugh Nibley's suggestion that the Book of Mormon word "deseret", defined as "honey bee", was related the Egyptian DSRT, meaning "red crown" but sometimes replaced with the glyph for "bee", has long been the default etymology among Book of Mormon scholars. This proposal does have some weaknesses, though, so scholars should remain open to other possibilities. One alternative may be an archaic from of the Hebrew term for "bee", DBRH.
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