Aminadab

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For the Israeli village, see Aminadav.

According to the Book of Mormon, Aminadab (/əˈmɪnədæb/)[1] was a Nephite who fell away from the church, and became associated with the Lamanites.[2]

In the Book of Helaman, after Nephi abdicated the Chief Judgment Seat to Cezoram, he and his brother Lehi went to preach to the Lamanites, who imprison them.

Lamanite prisons[edit]

One day, angels came and wrapped Nephi and Lehi in fire, while darkness surrounded the people. The guards were confused, and Aminadab told them to repent. The text implies the guard prayed in faith, had his body encircled with fire, and converted. Aminadab's testimony helped to convert three hundred Lamanites who witnessed the events.

Etymology[edit]

Amminadab is a name found in the Bible as a minor character referred to in the Book of Genesis and appears to derive from the Hebrew: עַמִּינָדָב, ‘Amînāḏāv, meaning "my kinsmen are noble".

Alternatively, the first two syllables could relate to Ammon (or Amon), which according to LDS apologist Hugh Nibley, is "the commonest name in the Book of Mormon" and "the commonest name in the Egyptian Empire" (which embraced Palestine at Lehi's time, which fell within its Late Period).[3] The name also occurs in the Bible.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ LDS.org: "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «a-mĭn´a-dăb»
  2. ^ Helaman 5:34–41
  3. ^ Nibley, Hugh (1988). "Men of the East". Lehi in the Desert; The World of the Jaredites; There Were Jaredites. Deseret Book, FARMS. ISBN 978-0875791326.
  4. ^ Genesis 19:37-38

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