[b-hebrew] The Name Abraham
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 10 09:28:37 EDT 2013
The meaning of the name is 'father is high/exalted' .
Compare with the name 'yoram'/ 'Yehoram" where YHWH is
The name is part of series of Semitic names which
refer to the gods as relatives - father, brother or uncle.
Compare to the Phoenician name Ahiram.
This goes back to periods of tribal societies. This type
of name is sometimes referred in literature as 'Amorite',
after the language in which they were occurred.
This may have been a subject of past discussion but as I am new to the
forum I do seek some help.
Hebrew names usually have meanings that can be determined from semantic and
phonetic analysis. However, the name Abraham seems to be quite a challenge
as the traditional interpretation "Father of a multitude" or "Father of
many nations" just does not account for the presence of the consonant *rosh.
Can anyone help to a better understanding or suggest an approach that could
assist with determining a more appropriate meaning.
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