[b-hebrew] YRX (was: logograms--an ode to Hebrew)

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Thu Dec 23 23:22:09 EST 2004

----- Original Message -----
From: "Uri Hurwitz" <uhurwitz at yahoo.com>
>  Incidentally, the place name YRYXW , Jericho, clearly indicates that at
one time it served as as moon cult center.
>   Uri

As long as you mention it, so does Beth-Yerah, at the southern tip of the
Sea of Galilee - not mentioned in the Bible but clearly named in later
sources. Beth-Shemeh (of which there are at least two - one in Judah and one
in Galilee) was originally a center of sun worship.

More importantly, both Ur, Abraham's hometown (and assuming this to have
been the Sumerian Ur, though I know that there are other opinions) and
Haran, at which he stopped on his way to Canaan, were major centers of
worship of the Mesopotamian moon god Sin (Suen). Now look at some of
Abraham's relatives: his father was Terah, obviously a form of YRH (YRX).
His grand nephew was Laban ("white" - Lebanah is another name for the moon).
Both his wife "Sarai" and sister-in-law "Milkah" are words that mean
"Queen", and the moon was often known as the Queen of the Heavens.

Does all this mean that Abrahm's family were originally moon-worshippers?


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