[b-hebrew] Shechem and HWW

David Kolinsky yishalom at sbcglobal.net
Wed Oct 15 17:14:26 EDT 2008

Dear Gabe and Yaacov and the rest of this community
Regarding Shechem and HWW
The information below comes from my own exhaustive daily research for the past 10 years which has culminated in thousands of pages of unpublished data and a 700 page unpublished etymological dictionary.  I do not expect any of you to agree, but I do wish to share.
Shechem :
(ShKM) comes from adding a Shin to an very rare root KWM which means "to fix in place" (see Akkadian : to bind and Arabic : to cover up, conceal, plug up, muzzle, gag, silence).  From this ShKM means to fix something onto the shoulder to carry it.  (Think about how we must dig our shoulders into and steady an item being carried - fix in place).  Therefore in Akkadian ShKM means to carry, bear, sustain, be loaded; be a porter.  And in Ugaritic it means to shoulder, top of wall / building; to carry on one's shoulders.  Generally when a person carries something on their shoulder they are making a big effort as in English "to shoulder a burden." (as in the Christian metaphor of a person bearing their cross (on their shoulder).  So ShKM also means an effort (Tsephania 3:9); to make an effort, exert oneself, push, venture forth (early)(Hoshea6:4), make a sustained effort, prepare, ready, be vigilent / do with vigilence (Tsephania3:7), take
 responsibility, an obligation or one's portion.  As to why this word is used so often, when used in a positive sense the narrative is often trying to show us that the characters involved were responsible and diligent; when used in a negative sense it is trying to show us where their efforts were misdirected.
Both HWH whim, fancy, calamity, capriciousness, mischief 
and HYH (< HWH) to be, exist
come from the verb /AWH (where /A is aleph) 
which means "to point to something that exists that one wants"
this verb has three parts:
1 - "to point" (Ps132:13)  >
/AY means "(point) where"
/AoTh means "sign, indication"
/AY means "(point) an island)
Ta/AaWaH  means "peak"
2 - "to want" (Dt14:16)(SmI2:16)(SmII3:21)(KgI11:37)(Is26:9) >
Ta/AaWaH  means "desire"
Ma/AWH means "desire" (Ps140:9)
3 - "to be, exist"
is harder to prove - it is related to /AeTh - the mark of the direct object - which literally means "the persistent existence of a thing" in a similar way to /AoTh meaning "sign, indication"
Suffice it to say that the unaspirated aleph becomes an aspirated Heh making 
#2 (want, desire) into HWH = whim, fancy, calamity, capriciousness, mischief 
#3 (existence) into HWH = HYH = to be, exist
The different meanings for #2 HWH comes from
(desire >) whim >>> fancy
                whim >>> capricious > calamity, mischief
For those who bothered to read this, thank you for your time.
David Kolinsky

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