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Ancient Hebrew Words: Day and Sea

By Jeff A. Benner


Letters

Name: Mem
Transliteration: M
Picture: Ripples of Water
Meaning: Water was very essential to the nomads, his family, livestock and crops.
Definition: Water



Name: Yud
Transliteration: Y
Picture: An arm and closed hand.
Meaning: The closed hand represents the idea of work, throw, make, etc.
Definition: The Working hand




Parent Root

Transliteration: YaM
Picture: Working water
Meaning: A large body of water, where the waves and storms are its work.
Definition: The active sea.
Reference: Genesis 1:26




Child Root

Transliteration: YoWM (Yom)
Meaning: This child root is a day. The Hebrew day ends when the sun sets and a new day begins. In the land of the Hebrews, the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea (yam). Yom then literally means, "the time between the setting of the sun over the sea".
Comments: This root is formed by adding the letter (waw) to the middle of the parent root. Definition: Day
Reference: Genesis 1:5



Transliteration: "AYaM"
Meaning: This child root is fear. The sea was seen as a place of chaos because of the great and turbulent storms which formed over it. For this reason, this word was used for fear, terror and chaos.
Comments: This root is formed by adding the letter (aleph) to the front of the parent root. Definition: Fear
Reference: Genesis 15:12




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