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Response to Paul Hoskisson’s “Lehi and Sariah”

TitleResponse to Paul Hoskisson’s “Lehi and Sariah”
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsPike, Dana M.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination35-36, 77
KeywordsLanguage; Lehi (Prophet); Name; Onomastics; Sariah; Theophoric

In this article Pike responds to Hoskisson’s conclusions about the etymology of the names Lehi and Sariah. He agrees with Hoskisson that Sariah is a theophoric name, which was common in ancient Israel and means “My prince is Jehovah.” However he suggests that the name should be grammatically distinguished from the masculine biblical personal name Seraiah. Although he offers an additional possibility for the meaning of the name Lehi, he agrees with Hoskisson’s suggestion that the name means “cheek.” The remainder of the article discusses the challenge of doing onomastic analysis on ancient non-English names when only an English form is available and further mentions the frequency of giving newborns in ancient Israel names of a religious nature.