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What are the odds that an ancient Egyptian term very similar to deseret was associated with the honeybee?

Ether 2:3 is one of a handful of verses in the Book of Mormon in which an interpretation of a word is given:

And they did also carry with them deseret, which, by interpretation, is a honey bee; and thus they did carry with them swarms of bees, and all manner of that which was upon the face of the land, seeds of every kind.

Why would Joseph Smith take a risk in saying there is a connection between the word “deseret” and the honeybee?

Recent scholarship has found that the honeybee has long been associated with the king of Egypt. The crown of Lower Egypt was named dšrt (pronounced Deshret) and the word was even used as a replacement for “bee” in Egyptian texts. 

What are the odds that deseret would have such a meaning? How did Joseph Smith guess?


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