[b-hebrew] The Name Abraham

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sun Mar 10 22:57:17 EDT 2013

1. Hebrew uses the "generic theophoric" name EL, from the root L,  
'up, high, elevate'.

2. It is possible that the IYR (plural: IYRIYN) of Daniel 4:14(17)  
refers to an exalted being.

3. The "theophoric" R (for OR, 'light'?) appears also in A$ER and  
ISRAEL. The last name is, methinks, the "theophoric" compound S+R+L.

4. Earlier biblical names are unique and need not be "attested  
historically". It is only today, that every second xeider boy is  
called Moishik, if not Mendl.

5. The TRAPIYM that LABAN kept at home had possibly all "theophoric",  
or positive, names such as AB, AX, AG, A$, AL, AR, AD, AZ, AM, AN,  
from which new names were made by combinations, namely DAN = AD+AN, A 
$ER = A$+ER, GAD = GA+AD, etc.

6. You have the right to believe that Abraham is an editorial  
creation, with an official editorial etymology.

7. I have the right to believe that ABRAHAM is related to the Indian  
Brahmin, with an added initial A.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Mar 10, 2013, at 9:55 PM, jimstinehart at aol.com wrote:

> 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
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu>
> To: jimstinehart <jimstinehart at aol.com>
> Cc: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> 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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