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According to the Book of Ether in the Book of Mormon, Akish (/ˈkɪʃ/)[1] was a prominent figure among the Jaredites. In the book's narrative, Akish first established secret combinations, nearly destroying their civilization. He did so when Jared's daughter danced before him, and to marry her, Akish conspired with Jared to dethrone his father, Omer, the legitimate king. Later, Akish killed Jared and took the kingdom for himself.[2][3]

Akîsh may be a transliteration of אָכִישׁ (Achish in the King James Bible). David Rohl writes that the name may be a shortened form of Akishimige, a Hurrian name meaning "the Sun God has given".[4]


  1. ^ LDS.org: "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «ā´kĭsh»
  2. ^ Equal rites: the Book of Mormon, Masonry, gender, and American culture, Clyde R Forsberg. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-231-12640-3
  3. ^ An approach to the study of Book of Mormon geography, by J A Washburn; Jesse Nile Washburn. Provo, Utah: New era Pub. Co., 1939, OCLC 4391986 p.30-32, p.41-44 Google Books
  4. ^ David Rohl, A Test of Time (1995), ISBN 0-7126-5913-7