Rameumptum – A Connection to the Egyptian Language

Rameumptum – The Holy Stand

Rameumptum is one of several Book of Mormon words which appear to have a real good tie to the Egyptian Language and and this should be no surprise to any one he researches the book.

1 Nephi 1:2 – Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.

Mosiah 1:4 – For it were not possible that our father, Lehi, could have remembered all these things, to have taught them to his children, except it were for the help of these plates; for he having been taught in the language of the Egyptians therefore he could read these engravings (the Brass Plates)….

The Word Rameumptum

Looking up the word Rameumptum requires a background in Demotic Egyptian. Two entries in the Chicago Demotic Dictionary give us great new insight.

For the word Rameumptum, we have a partial match – the beginning or the word and the ending of the word. The middle of the word, we do not yet have a match. But what is at the beginning of the word and what is at the ending of the word are very compelling.

Alma 31:21

21 Now the place was called by them Rameumptom, which, being interpreted, is the holy stand.

27 Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride. Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are puffed up, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world.

The first and third snippet come from the Chicago Demotic Dictionary. The second snippet is from A Coptic Dictionary written by W. E. Crum.

Screen shot from the Chicago Demotic Dictionary
Coptic for weep – RIME. A Coptic Dictionary by W. E. Crum. Coptic letters are mostly Greek letters with some carry over Demotic letters.
Screen shot from the Chicago Demotic Dictionary

We are looking for the Holy Stand. The match or rmy for “cry or lamantation” and thm for footstool are compelling. The mere fact that thm means footstool means that at least for part of the word, we have a perfect match. Also considering that this Rameumptum was used to cry unto God and rmy means “cry or lamentation”, we gain new beautiful insight as to the linguistic match.

For more information on the possible location from Antionum, see this article here – Antionum.

There are hints to suggest that this is possibly the location of one of the Rameumptum.