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TitleLehi and Sariah Comments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsTvedtnes, John A.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination37, 77
KeywordsLanguage; Lehi (Prophet); Name; Onomastics; Sariah

Tvedtnes adds to the onomastic discussion of the names of Lehi and Sariah in this article. He suggests that scholars should not be dissuaded by the fact that the name Sariah is found only for men. He discusses the difference between etymology and attestation of names. In the first article of this discussion, Hoskisson concluded that personal names containing parts of the body are rare in all the ancient Semitic languages. Tvedtnes, on the other hand, finds numerous examples of personal names derived from body parts. He concludes with his analysis that Sariah means “Jehovah is (my/a) prince” and that Lehi means “cheek, jawbone.”