mwt in names
dwashbur at nyx.net
Thu Apr 4 12:45:41 EST 2002
> Dave wrote: "If the names originated as compounds of the Canaanite deity, I
> would suspect that by the time of Ezra (and perhaps even of David?) such
> meanings would have been lost."
> So why not assume that the names in the later writings are faithful
> representations of names that indeed originated at an earlier time? This
> would indicate that they are not made up out of whole cloth, non? Or
> perhaps they are permutations of an earlier positive name in the same way
> that several Baal names are changed to boshet compounds.
> Charles David Isbell
First, I'm not sure why "made up out of whole cloth" is a problem.
I'm also not sure why these are the only options. More significantly,
I'm not sure how important the question really is, so I'm not sure
how much time I want to spend on it :-)
This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do
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