[b-hebrew] Shechem and HWW

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Wed Oct 15 20:19:12 EDT 2008


David,

You may want to compare the root $KM to the root $QM in the tree name  
(I know, it is dangerous to look for roots in names) $IQMAH as in  
Isaiah 9:9. Also the very useful post-biblical (said to be "Aramaic")  
root SKM, 'compile, sum, top, amount'.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Oct 15, 2008, at 5:14 PM, David Kolinsky wrote:

>
>
> 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 unpublished data and a 700 page unpublished etymological  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.
>
>
> HWH:
>
> 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
> _______________________________________________
> b-hebrew mailing list
> b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-hebrew




More information about the b-hebrew mailing list