[b-hebrew] The Name Abraham

jimstinehart at aol.com jimstinehart at aol.com
Sun Mar 10 21:55:42 EDT 2013

Isaac Fried:

I hope your post means that you agree with my central assertion.   I-F  the resh/R in the middle of the name "Abraham" is a generic theophoric, then the name )B R HM is self-explanatory, being  e-x-a-c-t-l-y  what Genesis 17: 5 says it means.

The frequent scholarly claim that the Biblical author of Genesis 17: 5 allegedly didn't know what the name "Abraham" means should be rejected outright.  In fact, the Biblical author of Genesis 17: 5  c-r-e-a-t-e-d  the name "Abraham".  Such name is never attested historically, even though his birth name Abram, and slight variations thereon, are historically attested all over the place.

Jim Stinehart
Evanston, Illinois

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From: Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu>
To: jimstinehart <jimstinehart at aol.com>
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Sent: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 8:47 pm
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] The Name Abraham

You are right, the only question being is what is "theophoric". It is reasonable to assume that R is thephoric, 
as well as H, which is but mild X, as in היה HAYAH versus חיה XAYAH, and which appears 
in the name revealed (and explained) to Moses in the desert. In other words, every consonant 
(a uniliteral root) is a theophoric name for this or that theos residing in the vast pantheon of the human mind.  

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Mar 10, 2013, at 1:54 PM, jimstinehart at aol.com wrote:

Genesis 17: 5 is self-explanatory as to the meaning of )B R HM, once one realizes that the interior resh/R there is used as a generic theophoric. 

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