[b-hebrew] HALOT Etymologies

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Dec 2 21:22:19 EST 2010

The "etymology" of biblical names is a risky affair inasmuch as a  
name is not a word, and may well be a composition. I, nevertheless,  
venture to suggest that QNIYZIY is from the root QNZ, a variant of  
KNS, 'collect', (similar to the present day QNAS, 'monetary fine',  
possibly influenced by the Latin 'census'), as opposed to PRIYZIY,  
from the root PRZ, 'disperse', which is a member of the root family
ברד, ברז, ברש
פרד, פרז, פרט, פרס, פרץ, פרש

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 2, 2010, at 1:58 PM, JimStinehart at aol.com wrote:

> 2.  QNZ-Y at Genesis 15: 19:  “name of a tribe, meaning  
> unexplained”.  That
> ’s the finest etymology there is?

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