[b-hebrew] Addition of Heh to names

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Thu Apr 14 23:45:16 EDT 2011

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Subject: [b-hebrew] Addition of Heh to names

The Bibles tells us that with the move to monotheism the names of Avram and
Sarai were changed to Avraham and Sarah.

I wonder whether other than the biblical explanation and story, were the
heh-less names of Avram and Sarai typical in the region at large and has the
addition of hehs to names been a convention seen elsewhere or having a
significance other than that of the biblical context? Would it have a known
semantic evolution, characteristic or significance of no religious
conotation or explanation?

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