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KnoWhy #20 - Why Would Nephi Call the Ocean “Irreantum”? (1 Nephi 17:5)
|Title||KnoWhy #20 - Why Would Nephi Call the Ocean “Irreantum”? (1 Nephi 17:5)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Battle of Qadesh; Name; Onomastics; Seas|
When Nephi and his family arrived at the end of their Arabian trail, they named the body of water they encountered "Irreantum," which is interpreted by Nephi as meaning "many waters." Some have wondered whether this peculiar-sounding name has any plausible ancient etymology. In fact, the work done by scholars associated with the Book of Mormon Onomasticon project have suggested possible ancient elements in the name, thus lending support to the Book of Mormon's historicity.
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