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Names in The Urantia Papers
offer a wide assortment of new words, designed to convey concepts
and identifications not part of our historic vocabulary. New words
were necessary to provide vehicles for sensible discussions. How
would one designate the sphere on which flow the rivers which make
glad the city of our God (Ps 46:4)?
Many names were borrowed directly from our historic
traditions. The names Michael, Gabriel, Melchizedek, Lucifer, Satan,
and Beelzebub all came directly out of the Bible, mostly with our
traditional associations, but greatly expanded in conceptual
Many other names, if not represented in our
traditions, were arbitrary, depending on selection by the Revelators.
Some of the words are based on human prior concepts. For example,
the name used for the celestial sphere on
which resides our Creator, and headquarters of this universe, is
obviously related to English
But it has been transformed into a place-name, borrowed from a
descriptor of a human state. Use of the name invokes within us the
concept of salvation each time we use it, certainly an appropriate
designator for the home of our Creator. On the other hand Nebadon,
the name used for our local universe, has no prior formulation or
ready connection to recognized words.
The new words were not constructed through some
supposed divine inspiration, but exhibit elements which any
intelligent human mortal might devise strictly from imagination. In
other words, the Revelators reduced nomenclatures to human levels,
to conceptual utility we could readily grasp. The new names were
designed to become useful and familiar vehicles for our convenience.
These verbal constructs were, by necessity, designed
around this day and generation. They were employed to suit the
conceptual framework of our present understanding. But they also
probably were designed to be useful tools as the future conceptual
range of the human race expands into higher spiritual levels.
Many names were chosen to cause us to reach beyond
the habits of our current religious attitudes and social views. In
many cases, as with Salvington, they create mental associations
which uplift us both spiritually and cosmically.
We should also keep clearly in mind that names are
not the things they represent. They are symbols of reality, but they
are symbols only. They are mere images of reality, nothing more than
representations. They are useful tools for us to make those
realities accessible to thought, and for communication.
Therefore, they are symbols designed for our
convenience. They were not designed for the heavenly realms. We can
gather some inkling of this from statements within
The Urantia Papers.
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Page 503 - Concept recorders. This second group of
recorders are concerned with the
preservation of concept pictures, idea patterns. This is a form of
permanent recording unknown on the
material realms, and by this method I could gain
more knowledge in one hour of your time than you could gain
in one hundred years of perusing ordinary
Thus, our conceptual patterns, and symbolic
representations, would be grossly
inadequate to communication in the heavenly realms. As one man put
it, these symbols are used “to apply to
beings at universe levels far beyond the
purview of such lingual provincialities.”
Many of these new names and words can also be traced
to origins in English, Greek, Latin and
Hebrew. I shall illustrate.
Page 182: Satania has a headquarters world called
Jerusem, and it is system number
twenty-four in the constellation of Norlatiadek. Your constellation,
Norlatiadek, consists of one hundred local systems and has a
headquarters world called Edentia.
Norlatiadek is number seventy in the universe of Nebadon. The
local universe of Nebadon consists of one hundred
constellations and has a capital known as
Salvington. The universe of Nebadon is number eighty-four in
the minor sector of Ensa.
The most painful of all such names is Satania. As
seen in the quotation, it is used as the
name for our local star administrative system. Satan is understood
universally across the Judeo-Christian world as the devil,
the one who now appears to destroy God’s
people. Would any person in his right mind use a word
derived from the name for the most notorious and despised
personality in Christian religious
history? Would a man, if he were the author of
The Urantia Papers,
borrow such a name? He would have lost all sensibility to do
so. Would the Devil, if he were the origin
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bring such attention to himself? Such use
could only repel everyone. Given that these names are arbitrary,
devised at the fancy of our planetary
supervisors why, then, did the Revelators use a word
which was sure to bring strong adverse reaction from the
Jewish and Christian communities?
If we credit the Revelators with intelligence and
sensitivity to human cultural attitudes,
the choice of this word could not have been accidental; it had to be
Several possibilities exist on the reasons behind
those irretrievably embedded in Christian mythologies. This would
mean that if someone is unable to rise above the historic
cliches of Christian theology, above the
superstitious conceptual structures of that religion,
within the context of the immediate world spiritual crisis,
that individual would not be able to
contribute constructively to the renovation of
devout persons to concentrate on the truths of the Revelation,
not on its nomenclatures. This would remove minds who cannot
perceive the value of the Revelation
beyond its linguistic designators.
As a reverse method to demonstrate that
the Revelation did not come from evil
sources. An evil spirit personality would not choose a word
which would bring direct focus upon himself. This word
• The word Satan in Arabic
to be remote,
as from the truth. In Hebrew it means
This star system went into rebellion;
as a result it became adversarial to God, and to his plans.
Application of the name by our Revelators makes the
designation literal, descriptive of
the misfortune brought on by the rebel system administrators.
This star system will be forever remembered as a rebel
system in the annals of the universe.
Eventually, as time flows through the ages,
the darkness of that memory will evolve into images of
the stage on which Michael of Nebadon
set his saving acts. He is the great Creator
who brought salvation to a wayward segment of his
Salvington invokes images of salvation, then does Satania invoke
images of rebellion. Both words will
condition future generations to these
conceptual connections. This conceptual invocation will affect
their attitudes about spiritual
realities, and about system administrative relationships
in the heavenly realms.
Thus, we should be able to recognize the
possible multiple reasons for this
choice of name for our star system. The authors of
word which would be descriptive for us, in our language.
This means we were not given a
universe name, recognized throughout the space realms as the
name of this system, but rather a name
suited to our present planetary condition, and
remindful to future generations of our rebellious
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As an indication of Christian confusion consider
that the word Satan became a catch-all
for several different rebel celestial personalities. Some of
these are noted in the Bible, but the
generations blurred their respective roles. Lucifer is
a Latin word for the Hebrew Hillel ben Shachar, Isa
14:12, which literally is
Star, Son of Dawn.
In translation of the Hebrew texts, the seventy Jewish scribes
who gave us the Septuagint chose the nearest Greek
equivalent word. They used
Lucifer was the Latin equivalent, introduced
into Bible translations by the Church fathers of the
early first millennium AD. Lucifer
and is found in English
derived from an old Indo-European root found in Sanskrit
Lucifer was our system
administrator, not the Prince (or god) of this world
described by both Jesus, John 14:30, and Paul, II Cor
4:4. Our rebel world Prince has a name
different from the system administrator, but Christian theology
lumped them into one personality —
Satan. By necessity, the Revelators used the familiar
terms Lucifer and Satan to differentiate among rebel
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This Satania illustration shows the method used
by the authors of
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name the many different space realms and headquarter spheres.
Asanother example Jerusem, the name for our system capital,
appears almost like a perversion of Jerusalem.
the same initial form, is used in both names. The final
is superficially similar to
Examination of the word
Jerusalem reveals that it is composed of two elements,
(3384 + 7999). (See note 1 below). Salem
is the Anglicized form of the Hebrew
shalom = peace.
Many Hebrew scholars believe
comes from a verb root which means
throw, cast, or shoot.
In Hos 6:3 it is used in the sense of
Literally Jerusalem would mean
throwing or casting peace.
Jerusalem should be the wellspring of peace upon earth. How
truly unfortunate it has been the source of so much hatred and
animosity. The word
can also be found easily in Hebrew, where it is an “appellation
through the idea of definite and conspicuous position.” It
implies a “mark or memorial of individuality,” hence “honor,
authority, or renown.” It is the origin of the word Semite. The
word Jerusem might mean
casting forth renown,
or, in another sense,
Thus, more careful
investigation shows that the name Jerusem is a legitimate
construct from Hebrew, and that the authors of
were intimately familiar with the pattern
of name formations in that ancient language.
Note the following:
No human mortal associated with the process of
the revelation of the Papers recognized these name constructs.
The Revelation does not derive from human sources.
Edentia is another example. It is obviously
related to Eden, but again the literal significance is not
recognized by conventional attitudes. Eden (5731, 5727) in
Hebrew means a place of luxury or delight. It is a generic term,
not a specific designation for an historic geographical locale.
The Garden of Eden was so named after the beauty
and pleasure of its design, not as an indicator of a unique
place. Our application to the geographical location was the only
method we had for identifying that unique spot. Therefore,
Edentia is merely an Anglicized appellative designating
resplendent beauty and spiritual glory. Once again we see how
the Revelators used their intimate knowledge of Hebrew to arrive
at another name which invokes images derived from the basic
roots of that ancient language.
Now consider the name Urantia. It comes directly
uranos = heavenly
(3772). This word was used repeatedly by Paul in his letters.
Gal 1:8 —
“But if we, or an angel
preach any other gospel . . .” Eph 1:10 — “. . . both which are
and which are on earth.” And so on. The form Urantia again has
an Anglicized ending in the
which is found in many names when borrowed
from other languages.
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In classical Greek
mythology this same word led to
the Muse of Astronomy, of the heavens,
and the name for the goddess, Aphrodite, denoting
her gift of spiritual love. If we take the literal
significance of the Greek word =
this planet has a unique and highly honored role in the distant
reaches of the future.
From these examples we can surmise that the
Revelators were blending words from
the linguistic sources of our historic culture to provide a wide
spectrum of names.
Page 1: Your world, Urantia, is one of many
similar inhabited planets whichcomprise the local universe of
Nebadon. This universe, together with similar
creations, makes up the superuniverse of Orvonton, from
whose capital, Uversa, our commission
hails. Orvonton is one of the seven evolutionary superuniverses
of time and space which circle the never-beginning,
never-ending creation of divine
perfection — the central universe of Havona. At the heart of
this eternal and central universe is
the stationary Isle of Paradise, the geographic center of
infinity and the dwelling place of the eternal God.
Havona sounds suspiciously
like heaven. Were the authors of
again short of imagination in devising such a word, or did they
reach beyond superficial recognition
of sound, and shallow linguistic views, to offer
The modern English
from an Old English
but otherwise has no known Teutonic
parallels. The German
thought to have an entirely different
origin. As the
Oxford English Dictionary
states, “the ulterior etymology (of
heaven) is unknown.” If we examine Hebrew word roots, we find
that the verb
has an imperative
With a “w” to “v” phonetic shift this could easily be the origin
of the word
It is found as an ancient place name in
various regions of our planet, such as
Havana, Cuba. This may also be the origin of the
It suggests a forming or molding by God of an original and
eternal central universe surrounding
the Isle of Paradise.
Another troublesome example is
the name for the semi-spirituallevels which compose a creative
realm between the purely physical and the purely
spiritual. When we leave this world we will resurrect in
morontia bodies. These are the
celestial bodies discussed by Paul in I Cor 15:40. This word may
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
dictionary number 4171. Use of this word is found in Hos 4:7,
and so on. The word
again is merely an anglicized form of the
Hebrew word. But again, the Revelators reached into the
Hebrew language to derive a conceptual
term heretofore unknown to us.
These brief illustrations provide some idea of
how names for places are usedin
Now consider personalities. At first glance, many of
these names also seem to be pure
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A. Descending Sons.
1. Creator Sons — Michaels.
2. Magisterial Sons — Avonals.
3. Trinity Teacher Sons — Daynals.
4. Melchizedek Sons.
5. Vorondadek Sons.
6. Lanonandek Sons.
7. Life Carrier Sons.
Melchizedek is composed of two Hebrew words,
which, when joined together, mean
+ 6664) Refer Hebrews 7:2. In this manner the name carries a
devout designation. But the names
Vorondadek and Lanonandek have no known
historic origin. They are words formed arbitrarily after
the style of Melchizedek, with the
ending. This phoneme was borrowed to be
suggestive of the rank of those
celestial beings but, again, it was designed for us mortals, at
this place and time. These are not the
designators of those celestial personalities at their level of
ending denotes divinely created Sons,
brought into existence by a Creator
Son. They help administer a local universe, and are either
System, or Planetary Sovereigns. The
endings denote classes of beings,
The name Michael is also identifiable in Hebrew,
Who is like God?,
(4310+3588+410). (See note
3 below). But the words
again have no
identifiable historic meaning. Again, a phoneme extension was
used to be suggestive of their
heavenly rank. These order of beings are all of Paradise
origin, and are classified under the Divine Sons of God.
phoneme endings we have ready identifiers
of heavenly function and rank. Other
endings are used for other classes of beings.
Page 610: The last act of Michael before leaving
Urantia was to offer mercy to
Caligastia and Daligastia, but they spurned his
tender proffer. Caligastia, your
apostate Planetary Prince, is still free on Urantia to prosecute
his nefarious designs, but he has
absolutely no power to enter the minds of men, neither can he
draw near to their souls to tempt or corrupt them unless
they really desire to be cursed with
his wicked presence.
The name Caligastia can be
identified in an antique English word,
It derives from the
same Latin word; it means misty, dim, murky, obscure, and
dark. This certainly is an appropriate appellation for
the fallen Planetary Prince,who now works in the swamps of those
human minds who have given themselves
Daligastia is merely an altered form of
Caligastia, just as Vorondadek andLanondadek are phonemic
borrowings from Melchizedek, and Avonal and Daynal
are phonemic borrowings from Michael.
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Now consider the names for the four-and-twenty
counselors (elders) John described in
Revelation 4:4, and so on.
Page 513: These twenty-four counselors have been
recruited from the eight Urantia
races, and the last of this group were assembled at the time of
the resurrection roll call of Michael,
nineteen hundred years ago. This Urantia advisory council is
made up of the following members:
1. Onagar, the master mind of the pre-Planetary
Prince age, who directed his fellows
in the worship of “The Breath Giver.”
2. Mansant, the great teacher of the
post-Planetary Prince age on Urantia, who pointed his fellows to the veneration of “The Great Light.”
3. Onamonalonton, a far-distant leader of the
red man and the one who directedthis race from the worship of
many gods to the veneration of “The Great
4. Orlandof, a prince of the blue men and their
leader in the recognition of the divinity of “The Supreme Chief.”
5. Porshunta, the oracle of the extinct orange
race and the leader of this people in
the worship of “The Great Teacher.”
6. Singlangton, the first of the yellow men to
teach and lead his people in the worship of “One Truth” instead of many. Thousands of years ago
the yellow man knew of the one God.
7. Fantad, the deliverer of the green men from
darkness and their leader in the
worship of “The One Source of Life.”
8. Orvonon, the enlightener of the indigo races
and their leader in the onetime service of “The God of Gods.”
9. Adam, the discredited but rehabilitated
planetary father of Urantia, a Material
Son of God who was relegated to the likeness of mortal
flesh, but who survived and was
subsequently elevated to this position by the decree of Michael.
10. Eve, the mother of the violet race of
Urantia, who suffered the penalty of default with her mate and was also rehabilitated with him and
assigned to serve with this group of
11. Enoch, the first of the mortals of Urantia
to fuse with the Thought Adjuster during the mortal life in the flesh.
12. Moses, the emancipator of a remnant of the
submerged violet race and the
instigator of the revival of the worship of the Universal Father
under the name of “The God of Israel.”
13. Elijah, a translated soul of brilliant
spiritual achievement during the post-Material Son age.
14. Machiventa Melchizedek, the only Son of this
order to bestow himself upon the
Urantia races. While still numbered as a Melchizedek, he has
become “forever a minister of the Most
Highs,” eternally assuming the assignment of
service as a mortal ascender, having sojourned on Urantia
in the likeness of mortal flesh at
Salem in the days of Abraham. This Melchizedek has latterly been
proclaimed vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia with
headquarters on Jerusem and authority
to act in behalf of Michael, who is actually the Planetary
Prince of the world whereon he
experienced his terminal bestowal in human form. Notwithstanding
this, Urantia is still supervised by successive resident
governors general, members of the four
and twenty counselors.
15. John the Baptist, the forerunner of
Michael’s mission on Urantia and, in the flesh, distant cousin of the Son of Man.
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16. 1-2-3 the First, the leader of the loyal
midway creatures in the service of
Gabriel at the time of the Caligastia betrayal, elevated to this
position by Michael soon after his
entrance upon unconditioned sovereignty.
These selected personalities are exempt from the
ascension regime for the time being,
on Gabriel’s request, and we have no idea how long they may
serve in this capacity.
Seats numbers 17, 18, 19, and 20 are not
permanently occupied. They are
temporarily filled by the unanimous consent of the sixteen
permanent members, being kept open for
later assignment to ascending mortals from the present
post-bestowal Son age on Urantia.
Numbers 21, 22, 23, and 24 are likewise
temporarily filled while being held in
reserve for the great teachers of other and subsequent ages
which undoubtedly will follow the
present age. Eras of the Magisterial Sons and Teacher Sons and
the ages of light and life are to be anticipated on
Urantia, regardless of unexpected
visitations of divine Sons which may or may not occur.
This list of Counselor
names cannot be removed from the possibility that,
except for the known historic ones, again are designed to
support twentieth-century notions of
the various groups. We know the names of Adam and Eve are not
the originals, but favor our common
nomenclature. Refer to my book on
Legacy of Adam and Eve.
and others exhibit this patronization
to current western cultural attitudes.
Another example is Grandfanda, the name of the
first human mortal from the realms of
time to achieve Havona and Paradise. Obviously, the name is
based on the western common term
Many other names within
The Urantia Papers
be discussed, but would require
extensive effort and time. Perhaps this brief review will help
those who encounter for the first
time, what seem to be, unusual or suspicious names in
The Urantia Papers.
Some Technical Notes
Many of the names in
Urantia Papers carry
phonemic elements which were borrowed
directly from English, and not other languages. Salvington has
is from Anglo-Saxon (Old English)
This was the ancient pronunciation of
the word we know today as
Longton was Long Town.
Somerton was Somer Town,
and so on. The phoneme
was also from old
Teutonic usage, found in Old English. It formed nouns of
action from verbs, such as
and so on. The root
salvare = to
We find it in such words as salvage, salvable, and the now
salve = healing.
The last has been reduced to merely indicating a healing
Town of Healing,
Town of Saving.
it means to rescue or protect.
far more intriguing history. It is found in
Splandon, Andon, Amadon, and abaddon.
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may be borrowed from a Latin word which means
but in the luminous form, found in the English
This was then borrowed by astronomers
to describe luminous dusty stellar congregations which
appeared in their telescopes, and hence our English word
nebula. This certainly is an
appropriate application for the stellar congregation which makes
our local universe. Here the
Revelators have reached into an English word derived from
Latin to assimilate a conceptual image.
phoneme is spread everywhere in the English language, inherited
or borrowed from Celtic, Teutonic and Romance languages.
It is most obvious in the Spanish
Dons, formerly a title of high rank and nobility, but now used
commonly for male address. It is also
found in the English Dons, senior professors in
their universities. A thousand years ago it was used also
in English countries to denote senior
rank, as in Dan Chaucer, pronounced as Don. In Portugal the Don
shifted phonetically to Dom. In France certain Catholic
religious orders had senior members
known as Doms. This same form is found in Latin Dominus, meaning
Lord or Master. Linguistic scholars believe the Spanish
and Portuguese Don and Dom came from
Latin, but the weight of the evidence speaks to a much
more ancient origin with the Latin merely reflecting that
common source now
lost in antiquity. In the Teutonic languages it
was used in kingdom, bishopdom, and
earldom. It is also found in such constructions as Christendom,
freedom, wisdom, and so on. These
forms denote rulership, authority, or acquisition of
superior powers and abilities. It was transformed into
dome, as the spherical top of a
pretentious building, and in doom, our modern memory of the
ancient meaning of judgment.
Some idea of the antiquity of this word and its
inflectional variations may be found
in Hebrew, where today, it still means literally
The name Daniel,
Judged by God,
carries this form. The root word
The Hebrew female
and was taken to the Spanish Don and
Portuguese Dona. This fundamental word can be traced back
into ancient Greek and Near East
mythology where it denoted a superior being, and superior groups
of people. The Semitic word for Lord, Adon, derives from
this form, as do the Deans of modern
It ultimately goes back to an ancient Semitic
language used everywhere across our
planet in the most remote antiquity, and was the foundation of
the formal names for Adam and Eve.
Andon also has origins in the misty haze of the past. It is
found in Sumerian and Egyptian
mythology where it denoted the Father god.
Splandon invokes images of splendor.
From this brief survey we can see that the
Revelators were retrieving ancient
name forms from our cultural heritage, from Hebrew, Greek,
Latin, and English to blend them in
the Revelation. They were salvaging folk memories of the past to
carry forward into the new world.
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In my linguistic studies I
found that modern English has an amazing reversion
to many ancient Semitic language elements. From this
linguistic evolution I deduce that
many of the old Semitic forms will be further resurrected in the
future to eventually create a common world language. This
process will return us to the
conditions this planet knew in the most remote antiquity when:
The whole earth was of one
language and one speech, Gen 11:1.
In this manner the Revelators were
using our cultural heritage to condition
our cultural future.
For Hebrew words they refer to his Hebrew dictionary.
For Greek words they refer to his Greek dictionary. I
offer them for the convenience of
those readers who may wish to pursue these derivations further.
Although Strong was not a primary
source for biblical etymologies his work has
been of invaluable help to countless biblical students.
2. Derivation of these forms may be found in
201 Hebrew Verbs,
by Abraham S. Halkin, Barron’s
Educational Series, Woodbury, NY, 1970.
3. More thorough discussion of the Michael name
may be found in the
English Lexicon of the Old Testament,
F. Brown, S. R. Driver, and C.
A. Briggs, Oxford
4. A man helped in editorial review of this
book. He made the following remark,
which I feel is pertinent:
Something that comes to mind here – when
translations are made from English to
other languages it would seem that the translators should be
cautioned against trying to change the
words to equivalents in their language. It may be valuable
for the words to retain their English forms. Here too
might mention be made of Kristen’s (Maaherra)
discovery that (the Papers) use 21,000 unique English words
of which 7,000 are used only once. This might be a good
place to include such information
along with the suggestion that special attention be given to
those 7,000 words by the translators
so that they retain their special status, if possible.