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“Swearing by Their Everlasting Maker”: Some Notes on Paanchi and Giddianhi
Title“Swearing by Their Everlasting Maker”: Some Notes on Paanchi and Giddianhi
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBowen, Matthew L.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Volume28
Pagination155-170
KeywordsEgyptian; Giddianhi; Name; Oath; Onomastics; Paanchi; Secret Combination; Swearing
Abstract

This brief article explores Paanchi and Giddianhi as names evidencing the Egyptian onomastic element –anchi/anhi/ʿnḫ(i) and the potential literary significance of these two names in the context of Mormon’s narrative detailing the formation of the oathbound secret combinations sworn with oath-formulae upon one’s “life” (cf. Egyptian ʿnḫ, “life”; “live”; “swear an oath [by one’s life]”). It also explores the implications for Mormon’s telling of Nephite history during his own time.

URLhttp://www.mormoninterpreter.com/swearing-by-their-everlasting-maker-some-notes-on-paanchi-and-giddianhi/

Scripture Reference

Helaman 1:3
Helaman 1:7
Helaman 1:11
3 Nephi 3:8

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