[b-hebrew] The Name Abraham
if at math.bu.edu
Sun Mar 10 10:02:19 EDT 2013
Earlier biblical names are a fata morgana. The whimsical partition of
the name ABRAM into AB-RAM is not better than ABR-AM, or AB-RA-AM,
and the spelling of the name with an aleph instead of with an eyin
may be an intentional obfuscation by latter scribes. Why SARAY is
spelled with a sin instead of a samek is obvious ––– to make us think
it has something to do with SAR, 'prince'.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Mar 10, 2013, at 7:42 AM, lascelles James wrote:
> Dear List-Members:
> 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.
> Lascelles James
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