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TitleOn the Etymology of Deseret
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBarney, Kevin L.
JournalBCC Papers
Date PublishedNovember 2006
KeywordsDeseret; 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.


Scripture Reference

Ether 2:3