[b-hebrew] Shechem and HWW
if at math.bu.edu
Wed Oct 15 20:19:12 EDT 2008
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 unpublished data and a 700 page unpublished etymological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
> 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,
> #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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