[b-hebrew] Caleb

Yodan yodan at yodanco.com
Wed Sep 14 21:27:18 EDT 2011

Maybe Hebrew speakers (like myself) are influenced by modern (spoken?)
Hebrew, where AKHBAR = mouse, HULDA = rat? 


Rivka Sherman-Gold


From: K Randolph [mailto:kwrandolph at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:56 PM
To: yodan at yodanco.com
Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org; kenneth greifer
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Caleb


Rivka, and others:

On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 8:49 PM, Yodan <yodan at yodanco.com> wrote:

Being a woman whose first name is Biblical, I'm especially interested in
Biblical women and have never been too happy with the name Hulda = rat.

Where do you get the idea that Hulda means rat?


We find in 1 Samuel that the word for rat is עכבר in reference to an
apparent outbreak of bubonic plague.


The Biblical Hebrew dictionaries I bought indicate that חלד is a mole.


So I am puzzled. 


The word Holed = rat appears only once (Lev 11:29).

However, the word Heled = world or lifetime appears 5 times (e.g. Psalms

So, perhaps the names Hulda and Heled are related to Heled = world or

I suspect that this is more accurate. 

Rivka Sherman-Gold

Yodan Publishing

Karl W. Randolph. 

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