Revisiting "Sariah" at Elephantine

Title

Revisiting "Sariah" at Elephantine

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2019

Authors

Rappleye, Neal (Primary)

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

1-12

Volume

32

Terms of use

Items in the BMC Archive are made publicly available for non-commercial, private use. Inclusion within the BMC Archive does not imply endorsement. Items do not represent the official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of Book of Mormon Central.

Bibliographic Citation

Rappleye, Neal. "Revisiting "Sariah" at Elephantine" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 32. 2019:1-12.

Abstract

Jeffrey R. Chadwick has previously called attention to the name SRYH (Seraiah/Sariah) as a Hebrew woman’s name in the Jewish community at Elephantine. Paul Y. Hoskisson, however, felt this evidence was not definitive because part of the text was missing and had to be restored. Now a more recently published ostracon from Elephantine, which contains a sure attestation of the name SRYH as a woman’s name without the need of restoration, satisfies Hoskisson’s call for more definitive evidence and makes it more likely that the name is correctly restored on the papyrus first noticed by Chadwick. The appearance of the name Seraiah/Sariah as a woman’s name exclusively in the Book of Mormon and at Elephantine is made even more interesting since both communities have their roots in northern Israel, ca. the eighth–seventh centuries bce.

Sariah
Archaeology
Elephantine

© 2024 Scripture Central: A Non-Profit Organization. All rights reserved. Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 20-5294264