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“Swearing by Their Everlasting Maker”: Some Notes on Paanchi and Giddianhi
|“Swearing by Their Everlasting Maker”: Some Notes on Paanchi and Giddianhi
|Year of Publication
|Bowen, Matthew L.
|Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
|Egyptian; Giddianhi; Name; Oath; Onomastics; Paanchi; Secret Combination; Swearing
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.
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