eloi or alah.

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Mon Jun 21 19:13:14 EDT 1999


Henry Churchyard wrote:

> Ah, but where did the doubled (geminated) _lam_ come from, then?  ;-)
> (Especially written with two letters _lam_ side by side; if there were
> simply a different Semitic morphological pattern in which the root
> consonants 'Alif-Lam-He were embedded, this could cause a geminated
> consonant sound written with a single letter to occur; but in general
> the only way you can get _two_ consonant letters that represent a
> geminate consonant sound is for a vowel to have dropped out between
> them, or for some type of consonant assimilation to have occurred...)

In addition to Solomon's comments, I've read somewhere that the name "Allah" is in fact derived
from a title for the pre-Islamic high god of Arabia, al-Llah, who had three daughter deities, the
"banat al-Llah". By the generation of Muhammad, al-Llah had come to be identified with the God of
Judaism and Christianity. His title eventually became his name, very similar in this respect to the
god, El.

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