Yigal-Levin at utc.edu
Mon Jul 8 10:48:53 EDT 2002
Basically, since Greek has no letter equivilant to the Heth in Hawwah ("X"
is a "Kh"), it used an Eta (H). This was then picked up by the Latin as
Eva, Eve etc.
By the way, this shows that as late as the Hellenistic Period, Jews were
still pronouncing the two "Heth"s differently, just as they were still
pronouncing the "Ghayin" (as in Gaza or Gomora) differently from the
"'Ayin", as in 'Amalek.
At 11:48 AM 7/8/2002 +0100, Ian Goldsmith wrote:
>A Couple of related questions.:
>Whilst I understand the relation in the Hebrew name
>for 'Eve' (Gen 3:20) to 'life', I'm unsure where we
>get the English 'Eve' from.
>I'm guessing that it is a transliteration of the LXX
>for 'Chavvah/Khavvah' = 'Eve'. Can anyone confirm this
>and give more detail, or correct me if I'm barking up
>the wrong tree? I haven't got an LXX to look it up in,
>so I've no idea if I'm on the right track.
>Still, it'd have been much easier if we'd stuck to
>some translation of these names into English that made
>more sense! Once again the original makes more sense,
>but then that's probably a given?
>How about a bold translation into English that has
>clearer translation of names, places etc. Perhaps a
>campaign to drop the German? ;- ).
>Seriously though I'd value your clarification.
>Next question. Did God give 'man' a name? Or did he
>let him choose his own, as he chose those of the other
>'Man' seems to be the first person to refer to himself
>as 'Ish' and likewise of 'Ishah' his wife.
>He is always referred to as just 'adam' up until that
>point and generally with the article. As he was unique
>I wondered if his title was in someway unique also.
>Anyway, look forward to your thoughts.
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