[b-hebrew] Theophoric names

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 22 14:56:26 EST 2013


   What about Moses' mother YKBD, Yocheved, where the theophoric element of the name is the prefix?  By tradition David and his court follow Moses by many centuries.

 The prefix YW- or YHW is quite common in such names, though in most yahwistic personal names the  divine name appears as a suffix. It does not change the meaning. Cf.  Jonathan and N'tanyahu.

  The suffixes -YHW or -YH  have the same meaning; the first suffix is most prevalent in pre-exilic inscriptions such as seals or bullae. The second is exclusive in post-exilic inscriptions.

  A similar trend appears in biblical texts, but more gradually.

 Uri Hurwitz

Dear List-Members:

This is just a comment that if someone wants to follow up on it could make
a more detailed study.

There was the claim made that Uriah was the first person listed in Tanakh
who had a name ending in the theophoric -YH or -YHW. 

Karl W. Randolph.

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