[b-hebrew] Biblical Names Ending in -YH (Jim)
JimStinehart at aol.com
JimStinehart at aol.com
Mon Dec 31 15:04:30 EST 2012
Jonathan E. Mohler:
1. You wrote: “Pharaoh's daughter is named בתיה, the daughter of Yah.
Albeit, this is not recorded in Exodus, but in 1Chronicles. Obviously,
the Hebrews gave her that name. This is an indication that, on the one hand,
she was accepted into the fold of Israel, and on the other hand, that she
had made Yah her God.”
You may well be right about that. That’s an interesting name at I
Chronicles 4: 18. Unlike the authentic Egyptian names of Egyptians in the
Patriarchal narratives, BTYH looks like a Hebrew name being given to an Egyptian
2. You wrote: “This is most likely the case with אוריה, )uri-YH the
Hittite. He has made Yah his god, having married Bath-Sheva, and has
sworn allegiance to David. Both of these names suggest conversion to Yahweh
and assimilation into the Hebrew nation.”
I have to disagree with you there, and go with the scholarly view. The
final -H in the name “Uriah” is generally viewed as being a Semiticization
of a non-Hebrew name, as with the names Araunah and, in my opinion, Seraiah,
who are contemporaries in the Hurrian/Jebusite-dominated Jerusalem of King
David in II Samuel. Uriah is said to be a Xuti-ya/XTY [“Hittite”], which
is one of the most frequently attested Hurrian names at Nuzi, and means “
Praise the Divine” or “Praise Teshup”. Thus every indication is that King
David is dealing with people of Hurrian ancestry in Jerusalem [as one would
expect from Joshua 15: 63], who have Semiticized Hurrian names.
Leaving off that final -H, we have )WRY, or )WR -Y, which is the expected
Hebrew rendering of the Hurrian name Ev-ri -ya. That name means “The
Divine Is Lord” or “Teshup Is Lord”. Both )WR -Y, before adding the
Semiticizing final -H, and XT -Y work perfectly in Hurrian. In both cases, the
standard Hurrian theophoric suffix, -ya, is represented by Hebrew yod/Y. By
contrast, neither such name works well in Hebrew.
Not all people in Canaan were born Hebrews with good Hebrew names. Even
persons who joined with the Hebrews, and were good people who were much
appreciated by the Hebrews, were not necessarily born Hebrews with good Hebrew
names. Per Joshua 15: 63 we know that King David must have had to deal
with several important non-Hebrew people in Jerusalem of Hurrian/Jebusite
ancestry. These people, each of whom has a Semiticized Hurrian name, turn out
to be: Uriah, Seraiah, and Araunah.
If there had been no Hurrian remnant in Jerusalem, with Joshua 15: 63
either being factually incorrect or not intending to refer to Hurrians, then
there’s no way that later books in the Bible could come up with, as they
invariably do, bona fide Hurrian names for Kenizzites, Kenites, Hittites, and
Jebusites. All four of those names are colorful Patriarchal nicknames for
the Hurrians, based on attested Hurrian personal names at the Hurrian
province of Nuzi in Late Bronze Age eastern Syria.
One important, if underrated, theme in the Bible is that the Hebrews had
to contend with many non-Hebrew people. Not only enemies, but also
non-Hebrew people living in Canaan who threw in their lot with the Hebrews, but who
had not been born Hebrews with good Hebrew names.
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