[b-hebrew] Theophoric names

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Fri Feb 22 15:06:14 EST 2013

You wrote:  “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. But I just 
read  through 1 Chronicles 23–27, which lists many people connected with 
the  administration of the Davidic kingship, and I noticed name after name 
after name  ending in the theophoric -YH or -YHW, many of them the sons or 
grandsons of  those with such names. That shows a pattern that such theophoric 
endings for  names was at least not unusual in the generations preceding 
David, if not  common.” 
1.  No name  in the Patriarchal narratives ends with -YH.  That is one 
indication that the  Patriarchal narratives are much older than the rest of the 
2.  Uriah is  of non-Semitic ancestry, as he is said to be a 
XT-Y/Xuti-ia/The Praise Teshup People.  [XT-Y is at Genesis 15: 20.]  Yet Uriah’s 
ancestors had lived in  Jerusalem for  many generations.  The final -H in  the name “
Uriah” is a Semiticization of a non-Semitic name, with such  Semiticization 
deftly making those very two points:  (i) Uriah was of non-Semitic 
ancestry,  but (ii) his ancestors had lived in Jerusalem for many generations.  The 
identical analysis applies to  Araunah the Jebusite.  The basic  form of the 
name “Uriah” ends with -Y/-ia, and then for each of the names  “Uriah” 
and “Aruanah” a final -H has been added as a Semiticization. 
“Uriah” is:  ’WR-Y -H : Ev-ri-ia -H : Teshup Is Lord [+  Semiticization] 
“Araunah” is:  ’RWN -H : Er-wi-in -H : [Teshup] Is The Lord [+  
3.  Prior to  King David, Jerusalem had, both historically and Biblically, 
been controlled by  families of non-Semitic ancestry, as deftly and 
accurately recalled at Joshua 15: 63:  “As for the Jebusites [H-YBWS-Y/the 
A-bu-u-se-ia/the  Saved by Teshup People] the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children 
of  Judah could not drive them out:  but  the Jebusites dwell with the 
children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.”   
The reason why scholars have been unable to make  linguistic sense out of 
the name YBWS-Y [“Jebusites”] is because scholars don’t  realize that in 
rendering non-Semitic names in the Bible [including in the  Patriarchal 
narratives at Genesis 15: 21 here], Hebrew yod/Y is used to  represent the 
non-Semitic true vowel A, which in this name occurs in both  initial and final 
position:  A-bu-u-se-ia.  Historically, the single most common  beginning of a 
non-Semitic proper name is the true vowel A as its own separate  syllable, a 
phenomenon unknown within Biblical Hebrew itself, and [also so  unlike 
Biblical Hebrew] non-Semitic yod/Y  n-e-v-e-r  appears at the  beginning of any 
such non-Semitic proper name!  So it was sensible for Hebrew and Jewish  
scribes to decide to use Hebrew yod/Y to render the non-Semitic true vowel  A.  
At least 17 names in the  Patriarchal narratives and Exodus are non-Semitic 
names that feature Hebrew  yod/Y rendering non-Semitic true vowel A. 
The Patriarchal narratives are much older, and much more  historically 
accurate, than university scholars realize.  The linguistic key to unlocking the 
 antiquity and spectacular historical accuracy of the Patriarchal 
narratives is  to realize that in rendering non-Semitic proper names, Hebrew yod/Y is 
used to  represent non-Semitic true vowel A.   
Jim Stinehart 
Evanston,  Illinois
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