[b-hebrew] Re: Genesis 1:6-7, 8:1, Waters Above and Below

Rasmus Underbjerg Pinnerup pinnerup at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 19:07:02 EDT 2004

On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 02:36:44 -0700, Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org> wrote:
>So it is possible that "sky" goes back to something like "there
>water", but if so the naming must go back at least to proto-Semitic
>times - perhaps even to Adam in the garden!

I thought the standard etymology for »shamayim« was »mayim« (waters)
plus the causative prefix »sha-« known from related Semitic languages.
Has this etymology been rejected?

It seems to me, that if the etymology was »sham« + »mayim«, there
would be a problem in explaining why »shamayim« only has one m.

Venlig hilsen,
Rasmus Underbjerg Pinnerup
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