[b-hebrew] a much bigger and relevant issue not exactly about Caleb
kwrandolph at gmail.com
Sat Sep 17 23:20:45 EDT 2011
On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:51 PM, David Kolinsky <yishalom at sbcglobal.net>wrote:
> Not necessarily in support of Jim , but about what you wrote:
> "...assume/demand that people be named at birth for something they do later
> in life. THAT does not make sense."
> … a characters names matching their achievements later in life makes
> perfect sense. If this were not the case then why are so many characters so
> frequently having their names changed in the context of the story.
Characters changing their name was quite rare in Tanakh. In fact, this
message here may list all of them.
Where do you get the definitions you claim?
> Avram = exalted father AND one whose willingness (to engage life ) is
Avraham = one who spread his wings [?BR] in pursuit of stirring experiences
This name could very well be connected with roots that have long been
> Sarai = one who focuses on many things (distractedly)
> Sarah = one who focuses on one particular thing [SRH]
Where do you get this “focusing” from? More than one root is possible for
> YaaQoV = one who grabs on to a thing, and examines and follows, traces a
> thing, with critical thinking (see Arabic)
This name mean “crooked” as in dealing crookedly, see Genesis 27:36.
> Yisrael = one who remains focused on G-d / what advances forward [SRH]
Again “focusing”? There are two or three roots that could fit here, none of
which fits your definitions here.
> AND YES I KNOW THAT YOU ALL BELIEVE THAT MY ETYMOLOGIES ARE MORE THAN A
> STRETCH AND SO YOU IGNORE MY POSTS, BUT REALLY DO YOU EVER EVEN STOP TO
> CONSIDER THEM, OR DO YOU JUST DISREGARD THEM OUT OF HAND
As a lexicographer, I find most of them unbelievable. Yes, I have written a
dictionary from Biblical Hebrew to English, part of my personal studies.
Thus, I find that most of your etymologies are stretched beyond the breaking
> No offense meant to anyone on the list, but perhaps your belief in the
> paradigm taught to you prevents you from looking close enough to see what is
> being said.
Being mostly self-taught, I am following what I notice in the text and
language. Not having been indoctrinated into any particular school of
scholarship, I am free to call it as I see it. My call here is that your
definitions are wide of the mark.
> With respect,
> David Kolinsky
> Monterey CA
> Karl W. Randolph.
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