YHVH = haShem

Jim West jwest at Highland.Net
Tue Aug 24 08:03:24 EDT 1999

At 12:08 AM 8/24/99 -0400, you wrote:

>On a related topic, can anyone explain how Shem can also be used for
>'Semite' !(ben'ey Shem). How did this derivation from Noah's son come to
>mean both Semetic people as well as a term defined as "the name." ? Was
>this some kind of odd mixup with the Hebrew or is it from some other
>greater reasoning?

These really are two different words which merely are spelled alike- just
like the English words "light" = not heavy; and "light" = illumination froma
source such as the sun or a lamp.  I dont think anyone would assume there is
some etymololgical link between these two.



Jim West, ThD
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