[b-hebrew] The Name Abraham
Yigal.Levin at biu.ac.il
Sun Mar 10 09:58:45 EDT 2013
While this is probably true for the name Abram, how do you explain the He in
Abraham? Does the word "raham" have any meaning?
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Subject: [b-hebrew] The Name Abraham
The meaning of the name is 'father is high/exalted' .
Compare with the name 'yoram'/ 'Yehoram" where YHWH is high exalted.
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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