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Headword: *)abraa/m
Adler number: alpha,69
Translated headword: Abraham
Vetting Status: high
The first among patriarchs; [it was he] in whom the Hebrew people took pride at first, before they rebelled against God, became estranged from Him, and shed upon themselves the blood of His Only-Begotten Son.[1] This man came out of the land of the Chaldeans, who devoted their entire lives to the stars and heavenly bodies. Trained, therefore, as was their ancestral custom, to observe the motions of the heavenly bodies[2] he surmised that the masterwork underlying this visible creation was not to be found in such objects, but had a Creator who set them in motion, gave harmony to their paths, and ordered the entire universe. Because of the greatness and beauty of the things He had made, Abraham, as it was likely, ceased devoting himself to gazing out into the heavens nor did he squander his passion in their pursuit. Instead, by surmounting the celestial vaults and transcending all the intelligible realm beyond the cosmos, Abraham no longer stood apart from the One sought, until finally the Creator for whom he yearned manifested Himself to Abraham in likenesses[3] and forms. And in this way the Unseen and Invisible revealed Himself. And [God] sent him forth from his own land as a wanderer and settled him in the land of the Canaanites. There he dwelled, now being in about his ninety-ninth year.[4] Until this time, he was childless; then [God] made him the father of the miraculous and blessed Isaac that he might have a first-born, only-begotten son[5] -- prefiguring the mystical image of the First-Born, Only-Begotten Son.[6] This was an exceedingly singular[7] honor bestowed upon Abraham, for the Creator favored him with the titles Servant, Beloved, and Father by flesh of the Only Begotten Son of Him who fashioned the entire universe.[8] Abraham invented sacred writing and devised the language of which Hebrew children used to have a command, as they were this man's disciples and descendants. Moreover, the Greek alphabet received its impetus from this script,[9] even if Greeks amused themselves by forming the letters differently. Proof of this is in the pronunciation of the first and preeminent letter "alpha" because it derives its name from the Hebrew "aleph" by way of the Blessed, First, and Eternal Name.[10] So too, the Greeks through Abraham came to possess books on dream interpretation. Witness to this is Joseph, the truly wondrous descendant of Abraham, who interpreted Pharoah's dreams as they were going to turn out in fact. In this, Philo, the Jewish philosopher, will be my confirmation via his work Life of the Statesman.[11] About Philo it is said "Philo platonizes and Plato philonizes."[12]
The practice of idolatry extended from Serug[13] to the time of Abraham's father Tharron.[14] Thus, when Abraham was 14 years old[15] and deemed worthy of divine knowledge, he upbraided his father, "Why do you lead the people astray for harmful gain (that is, with idols)? There is no other God but the One in heaven, the Creator of the entire universe." Yet seeing the people serving earthly things, he embarked on a tireless quest, seeking out with his pious heart the Truly Existing God.[16] But seeing that the sky is sometimes light and sometimes dark, he said to himself, "That is not God." Observing similarly the sun and the moon, the one obscured and eclipsed and the other waning and occluded, he said, "Those are not gods either." True, he was trained in astronomy by his father, but Abraham all the same was puzzled by the motions of the stars and scornful of them. But God appeared to him and said, "Go out of your land and leave your kinsmen."[17] Abraham took his father's idols, smashing some and incinerating others. Then he went away with his father out of the land of the Chaldeans. And they came to Haran,[18] where his father died. He left there, obeying the Lord's word, with his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot[19] and all their possessions, and came to the promised land Canaan, which the Canaanites had seized and settled in. When a famine arose, Abraham left the land of the Canaanites and went into Egypt, where Abimelech[20] the king took his wife Sarah. God struck terror into Abimelech and paralysed his limbs, saying "Give this man back his wife, because he is a prophet and will pray for you, and you will live. But if you do not give her back, know that you and your entire household will die." When Abraham got his wife back, undefiled, he prayed, and Abimelech and his household were cured of the paralysis.[21] After this the king, honoring Abraham and devoting himself to his sayings, became a pious and expert teacher to the Egyptians. The same Abraham, upon returning from war,[22] was considered worthy of blessing by Melchisedek, king of Salem, who brought bread and wine out to him. Melchisedek was a priest of the Most High, and Abraham gave to Him a tenth of all he had. Melchisedek was without father, mother, or lineage, like the Son of God.[23]
When Abram[24] lamented to God about his childlessness, God revealed to him through a dream that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. And he believed God, and God reckoned it to him as righteousness.[25] Now Sarah, who was barren, gave Abraham permission to father a child with her maidservant, and she bore Ismael.[26] And when Abram was 99 years old, God appeared to him and altered his name to Abraham, for until then he had been called Abram. Similarly, Sarah became Sarrah with another "r".[27] And Abraham circumcised Ismael and all his descendants. Moreover, when the Lord was being shown the hospitality of Abraham's house, He promised Abraham that Sarrah would bear him a son. But Sarrah smiled; and the one who was begotten was called Isaac, by the Hebrew name that means "laughter with delight."[28]
Also [sc. attested is the adjective] *abramiai=os: [meaning] descendant of Abraham, or towering, revered.[29]
Greek Original:
*)abraa/m: o( prw=tos e)n patria/rxais: ei)s o(\n a)pesemnu/neto dh=mos o( tw=n *(ebrai/wn to\ pro/teron, pri\n h)\ qeou= a)poskirth=sai kai\ gene/sqai tou/tou a)llo/trioi kai\ to\ tou= monogenou=s ui(ou= au)tou= ai(=ma e)f' e(autou\s e)pispa/sasqai. ou(=tos e)k me\n th=s *xaldai/wn gh=s u(ph=rxen o(rmw/menos, tw=n peri\ ta\ mete/wra kai\ tou\s a)ste/ras to\n bi/on o(/lon katanalisko/ntwn. a)skhqei\s ou)=n kata\ to\n pa/trion no/mon ta\s tw=n e)pourani/wn a)ste/rwn kinh/seis kai\ stoxasa/menos w(s ou)k e)n tou/tois i(/statai to\ megalourgo\n th=s fainome/nhs tauthsi\ kti/sews, a)ll' e)/xei tina\ to\n dhmiourgo\n to\n kai\ kinou=nta kai\ dieuqu/nonta th\n e)narmo/nion tw=n a)ste/rwn porei/an kai\ tou= ko/smou panto\s th\n kata/stasin, kai\ dia\ tou= mege/qous kai\ th=s kallonh=s tw=n ktisma/twn to\n genesiourgo\n au)tw=n, w(s e)nh=n, qewrh/sas ou)k e)/sth me/xri tou/twn, ou)de\ th\n e)/fesin ei)s tau=ta katedapa/nhsen, a)lla\ tw=n ou)rani/wn a(yi/dwn u(perarqei\s kai\ pa=san diaba\s th\n nohth/n te kai\ u(perko/smion su/mphcin ou)k a)pe/sth tou= zhtoume/nou, e(/ws ou(= o( poqou/menos e(auto\n au)tw=| e)fane/rwse tu/pois te kai\ morfw/masin, oi(=s e(auto\n e)mfani/zei o( a)fanh\s kai\ a)o/ratos. kai\ metana/sthn au)to\n e)k th=s patri/dos labw\n e)pi\ th\n *xanani=tin kate/sthse, to\n e)nenhkosto/n pou kai\ e)/naton h)/dh xro/non pare/lkonta: kai\ a)/paida me/xri to/te tugxa/nonta gennh/tora tou= qaumasi/ou kai\ ma/karos kate/- sthsen *)isaa\k, i(/n' e)/xoi monogenh= ui(o\n kai\ prwto/tokon, tou= monogenou=s kai\ prwtoto/kou mustikh\n ei)ko/na prodiagra/fonta: tou=to ge/ras au)tw=| kat' e)cai/reton xarisa/menos, to\ dou=lon kai\ fi/lon kai\ pate/ra xrhmati/sai tou= monogenou=s ui(ou= kata\ sa/rka, tou= to\n ko/smon o(/lon dhmiourgh/santos. ou(=tos eu(=re me\n i(era\ gra/mmata kai\ glw=ssan e)mhxanh/sato, h(=s *(ebrai/wn pai=des e)n e)pisth/mh| e)tu/gxanon, w(s o)/ntes tou/tou maqhtai\ kai\ a)po/gonoi. e)k tou/tou kai\ ta\ *(ellh/nwn gra/mmata ta\s a)forma\s e)/labon, ka)\n a)/llws kai\ a)/llws e(autou\s diapai/zontes a)nagra/fwsin *(/ellhnes. kai\ tou/tou martu/rion h( tou= *)/alfa fwnh\ tou= prw/tou stoixei/ou kai\ a)/rxontos, a)po\ tou= *)/alef *(ebrai/ou labo/ntos th\n e)pi/klhsin tou= makari/ou kai\ prw/tou kai\ a)qana/tou o)no/matos. e)k tou/tou kai\ ta\ o)nei/rwn bibli/a e)sfeteri/santo *(/ellhnes. kai\ ma/rtus *)iwsh\f o( panqau/mastos o( tou/tou a)po/gonos, o( tou= *faraw\ ta\ e)nu/pnia w(s e)/mellon a)pobh/sesqai dihgou/menos. tou=to/ moi kai\ *fi/lwn, e)c *(ebrai/wn filo/sofos, e)n tw=| tou= *politikou= bi/w| sunepimarturh/setai, *fi/lwn, peri\ ou(= e)rrh/qh, *fi/lwn platwni/zei, kai\ *pla/twn filwni/zei. o(/ti h)/rcato h( ei)dwlolatrei/a a)po\ *serou\x e(/ws tw=n xro/nwn *qa/rra tou= patro\s *)abraa/m. o(\s *)abraa\m u(pa/rxwn e)tw=n id# kai\ qeognwsi/as a)ciwqei\s e)nouqe/tei to\n pate/ra au)tou=, le/gwn: ti/ plana=|s tou\s a)nqrw/pous dia\ ke/rdos e)pizh/mion [toute/sti ta\ ei)/dwla]; ou)k e)/stin a)/llos qeo\s ei) mh\ o( e)n toi=s ou)ranoi=s, o( kai\ pa/nta to\n ko/smon dhmiourgh/sas. o(rw=n ga\r tou\s a)nqrw/pous ktismatolatrou=ntas dih/rxeto diaponou/menos kai\ to\n o)/ntws o)/nta qeo\n e)kzhtw=n e)k filoqe/ou kardi/as. o(rw=n de\ to\n ou)rano\n pote\ me\n lampro\n, pote\ de\ skoteino\n, e)/legen e)n e(autw=|: ou)k e)/stin ou(=tos qeo/s. o(moi/ws kai\ to\n h(/lion kai\ th\n selh/nhn, to\n me\n a)pokrupto/menon kai\ a)maurou/menon, th\n de\ fqi/nousan kai\ a)polh/gousan, e)/fhsen: ou)d' ou(=toi/ ei)si qeoi/. kai\ me/ntoi kai\ th\n tw=n a)ste/rwn ki/nhsin, e)k tou= patro\s ga\r e)paideu/eto th\n a)stronomi/an, kai\ a)porw=n e)dusxe/rainen. w)/fqh de\ au)tw=| o( qeo\s kai\ le/gei au)tw=|: e)/celqe e)k th=s gh=s sou kai\ e)k th=s suggenei/as sou. kai\ labw\n ta\ ei)/dwla tou= patro\s kai\ ta\ me\n kla/sas ta\ de\ e)mpuri/sas a)nexw/rhse meta\ tou= patro\s e)k gh=s *xaldai/wn: kai\ e)lqo/ntos ei)s *xarra\n, e)teleu/thsen o( path\r au)tou=. kai\ e)celqw\n e)kei=qen e)n lo/gw| *kuri/ou h)=lqe su\n th=| gunaiki\ *sa/rra| kai\ tw=| a)neyiw=| *lw\t meta\ pa/shs au)tw=n th=s a)poskeuh=s ei)s th\n o)feilome/nhn gh=n *xanaa\n, h(\n oi( *xananai=oi turannikw=s a)felo/menoi w)/|khsan. limou= de\ genome/nou katalipw\n th\n *xananai/wn gh=n ei)s *ai)/gupton a)ph/|ei, ou(= th\n gunai=ka *sa/rran *)abime/lex h(/rpasen o( basileu/s. tou=ton o( qeo\s e)kdeimatw/sas kai\ pa/resin tw=n melw=n e)pa/cas, a)po/dos, e)/fh, th\n gunai=ka tw=| a)nqrw/pw|, o(/ti profh/ths e)sti\ kai\ proseu/cetai peri\ sou= kai\ zh/seis. ei) de\ mh\ a)podw=|s, gnw=qi o(/ti a)poqanh=| su\ kai\ ta\ sa\ pa/nta. kai\ ou(/tws a)polabw\n th\n gunai=ka a)mi/anton kai\ proseuca/menos i)aqh=nai e)poi/hse th=s pare/sews *)abime/lex kai\ to\n oi)=kon au)tou=. e)/ktote timw=n au)to\n o( basileu\s kai\ prose/xwn toi=s u(p' au)tou= legome/nois, dida/skalos eu)sebei/as kai\ polupeiri/as *ai)gupti/ois e)ge/neto. o( au)to\s *)/abram u(postre/fwn e)k tou= pole/mou th=s eu)logi/as tou= *melxisede\k kathci/wtai, tou= basile/ws *salh\m, o(\s e)ch/negken au)tw=| a)/rtous kai\ oi)=non. h)=n de\ kai\ i(ereu\s tou= *(uyi/stou. kai\ e)/dwken au)tw=| *)/abram deka/thn a)po\ pa/ntwn. h)=n de\ o( *melxisede\k a)pa/twr, a)mh/twr, a)genealo/ghtos, a)fwmoiwme/nos tw=| ui(w=| tou= qeou=. tw=| de\ *)/abram a)tekni/an o)lofurome/nw| kaq' u(/pnous e)pidei/cas o( qeo\s tou\s a)ste/ras kata\ to\ plh=qos au)tw=n e)/sesqai/ oi( to\ spe/rma proedh/lou. o( de\ e)pi/steuse tw=| qew=|, kai\ e)logi/sqh au)tw=| ei)s dikaiosu/nhn. h( de\ *sa/rra stei=ra ou)=sa sunexw/rhsen *)/abram a)po\ th=s paidi/skhs paidopoih/sasqai: kai\ i)/sxei to\n *)ismah/l. e)nenh/konta de\ kai\ e)nne/a e)tw=n o)/nti tw=| *)/abram e)pifanei\s o( qeo\s *)abraa\m metwno/masen: *)/abram ga\r prw/hn w)noma/zeto: o(moi/ws kai\ th\n *sa/ran *sa/rran, prosqei\s kai\ e(/teron r. kai\ perie/teme to\n *)ismah\l kai\ pa/ntas tou\s e)c au)tou=. *ku/rios de\ tw=| *)abraa\m e)picenwqei\s e)phggei/lato te/cesqai *sa/rran au)tw=| pai=da. h( de\ e)meidi/ase, kai\ *)isaa\k to\ gennhqe\n proshgoreu/qh, ferwnu/mws tw=| meq' h(donh=s ge/lwti kata\ th\n *(ebrai/+da dia/lekton. kai\ *)abramiai=os: o( a)po/gonos *)abraa\m, h)\ gigantiai=os, i(eropreph/s.
This long entry is derived in part directly from George the Monk, in part indirectly from Philo of Alexandria; see further in the notes below.
[1] cf. Matthew 27:25 (web address 1).
[2] The Suda's attention to Chaldean astrology derives from Philo, On Abraham, (Colson, Philo Vol VI: XV.69-70).
[3] Use of tu/pos here is twofold: 1) To assert that God's appearance to Abraham was indirect (echoing Philo, On Abraham, XVII.79-80); 2) To impart, as if a corollary of tu/pos in Romans 5:14, that God's manifestation to Abraham was a type or prefiguration of Christ.
[4] Abraham is 100 years old at Isaac's birth (Genesis 21:5); however, the Suda follows Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 1.191-93 (web address 2 below) in assuming Abraham's age as 99 at the time of God's promise.
[5] The Suda here omits Ishmael, born to Abraham by the Egyptian slave Hagar when he was 86 years old (Genesis 16:1-16). The Suda's omission tacitly acknowledges a covenantal and legal distinction clearly drawn in Genesis. In Isaac, God establishes an "everlasting covenant" for his progeny, whereas God blesses Ishmael and makes him "fruitful and exceedingly numerous" (Genesis 17:19-20). Isaac's filial status is made explicit by God in identifying him as Abraham's "only son" (Genesis 22:12) through whom "offspring shall be named" for Abraham, whereas Ishmael, although destined to father a nation, is identified by God as "the son of the slave woman" (Genesis 21:12-13). Ishmael is, however, mentioned later in the entry.
[6] Christological imagery links Isaac to the personage of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-2 at web address 3 below). See also delta 94, notes 1 and 14.
[7] The Suda underscores the magnitude of the honor with a hyperbolic kat' before e)cai/reton.
[8] The statement, rooted in a paternalistic-filial model that originates in Abraham and culminates in the figure of Christ, approximates the transcendental premise: Abraham is to Joseph as Isaac is to Christ.
[9] The Suda confuses Mosaic and Abrahamic lore. The 2nd century BCE Jewish writer Eupolemus claimed for Moses the invention and propagation of writing: "Moses was the first wise man, the first who imparted the alphabet to the Jews; the Phoenicians received it from the Jews, and the Greeks from the Phoenicians." The 2nd century BCE Egyptian Jewish writer Artapanus attributed hieroglyphics to Moses. According to the 2nd century BCE Samaritan writer Ps.-Eupolemus and Artapanus, astrology and astronomy originated with Abraham, who taught these disciplines and other tools of culture to the Jews, Phoenicians, and Egyptians. They, in turn, transmitted these arts to the Greeks. Philo in On Abraham stresses Abraham's expertise as a teacher. (Encyc. Judaica, Vol 6.964-65; Gruen, 146-51, 157, 294; Grant, 77; Philo, XI.52) At sigma 295, Seth is credited with the invention of the alphabet; Greek legend named Cadmus or Linus as the one who introduced the alphabet to Greece (gamma 416, kappa 21, kappa 22, lambda 568). See also phi 787.
[10] The reference recalls א aleph as the initial letter of ʾelohīm, the most frequent generic name for God in the OT, used about 2,500 times--but a distant second to the unspoken covenant name YHWH (Yahweh), which occurs some 6,800 times (Perdue, 685-86). Cf. alpha 1445.
[11] A reference to Philo's *bi/os politikou= o(/per e)sti peri\ *)iwsh/f (Colson, Philo Vol VI, 140ff.)
[12] Adapted from Jerome's On Illustrious Men (11): h)\ *pla/twn filwni/zei h)\ *fi/lwn platwni/zei ("Either Plato philonizes or Philo platonizes.") Cf. phi 448 and Photius, Bibliotheca 86b 25.
[13] Abraham's grandfather (Genesis 11:22). Seruch in the LXX, שרוג śerūḡ in Hebrew. See also sigma 253.
[14] Abraham's father (Genesis 11:24). Tharra (*qa/rra, *qarra/) or Tharrha (*qa/r)r(a) (Hatch, Concordance, Appendix 1, 71; Brenton, 13); in Hebrew תרח Teraḥ. From the Chronicon of George the Monk, 92.11-12; cf. Malalas 55.5-6.
[15] The Midrash sets Abraham's rejection of idolatry at age 13 (Encyc. Judaica, 4.244). From here to "teacher to the Egyptians," the Suda's source is the Chronicon of George the Monk, 93.16 - 95.17.
[16] On God as "He who is," see omicron 438, omega 105.
[17] cf. Philo, On Abraham XIV.62.
[18] The call in Genesis 12:1-5 brings Abraham from Haran (חרן) to Canaan (כנען). The Suda adheres to Philo, On Abraham, XIV. 67: metani/statai...a)po\ th=s *xaldai/wn gh=s...e)is th\n *xarrai/wn gh=n.
[19] Philo shows a)delfidou=s, as at On Abraham, XXXVII.212, rather than the Suda's potentially ambiguous a)neyio/s for nephew (see LSJ s.v. at web address 4).
[20] On Abimelech, see alpha 45.
[21] The affliction cured in Genesis 20:17-18 is unspecified for Abimelech, but clearly is sterility for the female members of his house. Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 1.208 (web address 5) relates that a "dangerous distemper" (Whiston trans.) afflicted Abimelech. For other traditions, see EncycJudaica, 2.76.
[22] Genesis 14:14-18; the Suda's source is the Chronicon of George the Monk, 100.17-26; 101.5-7.
[23] See Hebrews 7:3 (web address 6). In the Suda, see mu 544, mu 545, mu 546.
[24] The Greek mainly uses Abraam (אברהם ʾAḇraham) to this point, but here Abram (אברם), his pre-covenant name (Genesis 17:5).
[25] Genesis 15:5-6. The statement "and he believed God and God reckoned it to him as righteousness" appears also in Romans 4:3 (web address 7), Galatians 3:6 (web address 8), and James 2:23 (web address 9). A more idiomatic and semantically precise translation of the Hebrew (והאמין בה' ויחשבה לו צדקה weheʾemīn bah' wayyaḥšeḇeha lō ṣedaqah) reads: "And because he put his trust in the Lord, He reckoned it to his merit" (Plaut, 146). This version takes into interpretive account the imperfective waw consecutive (consequential) (Kautzsch, 111.l).
[26] Ismael (Ishmael) appears in the Suda at iota 644, but with a gloss that belongs to Isaak.
[27] Genesis 17:15. Also as *sa/r)r(a or Sarrha (Brenton, 18). The Hebrew covenant name change is Sarai to Sarah (both meaning Princess).
[28] Isaac (יצחק yiṣḥaq) from the Hebrew meaning "he (Abraham) laughed" in Genesis 17:17, and puns Sarah's תצחק tiṣḥaq ("she laughed") in Genesis 18:12. (Kohlenberger, Vol 1, 37, 39; Anderson, 182) In the Suda, see iota 606 (mostly taken from this entry).
[29] This adjectival derivative of Abraham's name appears in 4 Maccabees 9:21 LXX. The gloss replicates, apart from word order, one in Photius; cf. Synagoge alpha17, Hesychius alpha181.
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Headword: *xanaa/n
Adler number: chi,79
Translated headword: Canaan
Vetting Status: high
A proper name. And out of it [comes] Canaanites.
"Moses spent 40 years until his death with the chosen people, and he left behind Joshua the son of Nun as his successor, who took Israel to this land which was promised to the authority of Abraham: it is the circle from the river of Egypt across the sea and the desert. He cast out all the kings and the masters of the tribes there. Whoever was pursued by him across the sea of Egypt and Libya fled into the region of the Africans because the Egyptians did not welcome them, on account of their prior history, for they had suffered because of them and had been drowned in the Red Sea. So they fled for refuge to the Africans and the solitary country in which they lived, assuming their lands and customs, and they inscribed in tablets of stone the reason why they moved from the land of the Canaanites to Africa. And even up until this time those very tablets are in Numidia, which proclaim this: "we are Canaanites, whom Joshua the raider pursued."[1]
And [there is] a feminine form Chananaia.[2] Also [attested is the phrase] Chananitis ge ['land of Canaan'].[3]
Greek Original:
*xanaa/n: o)/noma ku/rion. kai\ e)c au)tou= *xananai=oi. o(/ti *mwu+sh=s m# e)/th sumfilosofh/sas tw=| law=| teleuta=|, dia/doxon katalipw\n *)ihsou=n to\n tou= *nauh=: o(/stis katw/|kise to\n *)israh\l e)n gh=|, h(=| e)phggei/lato ku/rios tw=| *)abraa/m: e)/sti de\ a)po\ tou= potamou= *ai)gu/ptou kukloume/nh dia\ qala/sshs kai\ chra=s: e)kbalw\n pa/ntas tou\s basilei=s kai\ duna/stas tw=n e)qnw=n: oi(/tines u(p' au)tou= diwko/menoi dia\ th=s parali/ou *ai)gu/ptou te kai\ *libu/hs kate/fugon ei)s th\n tw=n *)/afrwn xw/ran, tw=n *ai)gupti/wn mh\ prosdecame/nwn au)tou/s, dia\ th\n mnh/mhn th\n prote/ran, h(\n e)/paqon di' au)tou\s e)n th=| *)eruqra=| katapontisqe/ntes qala/ssh|: kai\ prosfugo/ntes toi=s *)/afrois, th\n e)/rhmon au)tw=n w)/|khsan xw/ran, a)nadeca/menoi to\ sxh=ma kai\ ta\ h)/qh, kai\ e)n placi\ liqi/nais a)nagraya/menoi th\n ai)ti/an, di' h(\n a)po\ th=s *xananai/wn gh=s w)/|khsan th\n *)afrikh/n. kai\ ei)si\ me/xri nu=n ai( toiau=tai pla/kes e)n th=| *noumidi/a|, perie/xousai ou(/tws: h(mei=s e)sme\n *xananai=oi, ou(\s e)di/wcen *)ihsou=s o( lh|sth/s. kai\ qhluko\n *xananai/a. kai\ *xanani=tis gh=.
[1] Material attributed to John of Antioch (frs.11-12 FHG, now 22.2 Roberto); cf. Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 4.10.13-22.
[2] This addendum is probably prompted by the 'Canaanite woman' with the devil-possessed daughter in Matthew 15:22.
[3] See e.g. Philo Judaeus [of Alexandria], On Abraham 133.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; chronology; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 14 July 2000@09:32:37.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 2 October 2002@10:05:34.
Ross Scaife ✝ (fixed malformed tag) on 14 October 2002@12:14:16.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 7 November 2013@09:00:19.
David Whitehead (note typo) on 28 January 2015@05:41:01.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 28 January 2015@23:50:08.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 29 January 2015@04:38:23.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 16 April 2023@22:37:03.

Headword: *xettai=oi
Adler number: chi,221
Translated headword: Chettaians, Chettaeans, Hittites
Vetting Status: high
Name of a people.[1] The Canaanites.[2]
Greek Original:
*xettai=oi: o)/noma e)/qnous. oi( *xananai=oi.
See generally OCD(4) s.v. Hittites
[1] Genesis 15.20 etc.
[2] For Chettaios (Heth) the son of Canaan see Genesis 10.15; and cf. chi 79.
Keywords: definition; geography; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 May 2006@06:19:26.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented headword translation, added note, set status) on 8 May 2006@01:01:35.
David Whitehead (augmented and rearranged notes) on 8 May 2006@03:05:51.
David Whitehead on 8 August 2011@03:38:11.
David Whitehead on 1 August 2014@06:19:09.
David Whitehead on 1 June 2016@03:17:31.

Headword: *(ebrai=oi
Adler number: epsilon,38
Translated headword: Hebrews
Vetting Status: high
[sc. Named] from Heber son of Sal,[1] who distributed the land to the tribes after naming the settlers Hebrews. This man did not labor alongside the tower-builders, and his language remained unchanged.[2]
Greek Original:
*(ebrai=oi: a)po\ *(/eber ui(ou= *sa/la, o(\s e)me/rise toi=s e)/qnesi th\n gh=n tou\s prosoi/kous o)noma/sas *(ebrai/ous. ou(=tos ou) sunepo/nhse toi=s purgopoioi=s, kai\ die/meinen h( dia/lektos au)tou= a)meta/blhtos.
[1] Genesis 11.14-15: "And Shelakh lived thirty years, and begat Eber. And Shelakh lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters." See web address 1.
[2] The "tower-builders" refers to the tower of Babel (see also under alpha 425, sigma 154), where the languages of the people were confused, giving rise to a proliferation of tongues; see Genesis 11.1-9. Until the development of modern linguistics, most Christians believed that Hebrew was the pre-Babelic language, although the name of the pre-Babelic language is not given in Genesis (nor is the explanation that Eber did not work alongside the tower-builders). See Umberto Eco's The Search for the Perfect Language for a popular modern discussion.
cf. George the Monk, Chronicon 52.5 ff.; Malalas p. 11.15ff.
The origin of the word Hebrew might well be "descendants of Eber", or it could be via folk etymology from the root עבר ʿ-b-r, meaning to cross over; Abraham, first to be called עברי ʿiḇrī, crossed over from Ur to Canaan, though his name אברהם ʾaḇraham is unrelated, starting with alef, not ʿayin.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; Christianity; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; religion
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 13 May 2002@15:07:37.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note) on 29 August 2002@19:41:31.
Raphael Finkel (Added Hebrew) on 31 October 2002@11:50:39.
Patrick T. Rourke (Augmented note 2; also minor cosmetic change) on 18 May 2003@19:36:01.
David Whitehead (added x-refs and keyword; cosmetics) on 29 July 2003@11:17:57.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 23 July 2012@09:02:14.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 12 November 2013@00:46:16.
Raphael Finkel (Converted Romanization of Hebrew to ISO 259) on 7 August 2014@15:24:45.
David Whitehead (coding and other cosmetics) on 3 December 2015@05:12:24.

Headword: *mwu+sh=s
Adler number: mu,1348
Translated headword: Moses
Vetting Status: high
The prophet and lawgiver.[1]
In the 80th year of this man the sons of Israel came out of Egypt, where they had lived for 215 years. How then does God declare to Abraham, that "your seed will be a sojourner for 400 years"? Rather, it is clear that the [duration of the] sojourning of the people should be reckoned from the ascension of Abraham from Haran.[2] For the sojourning was not only in Egypt, but also in the land of Canaan. For Moses says: the sojourning of the sons of Israel in the land of Canaan and in Egypt [lasted for] 430 years. And [the sojourning] of Abraham, from the ascension from Canaan and in Egypt until the birth of Isaac [lasted for] 25 years, and from Isaac until Jacob 60 [years], and from Jacob until Levi 87 [years], from Levi until Kohath 45 [years], from Kohath until Abram 63 [years]; from Moses until the Exodus 80 [years]. And thus Israel came out of Egypt.[3]
When Moses was born, because his parents were afraid of the Egyptians, they prepared a wickerwork made of byblus, which in its construction resembled a basket, and they made it sufficient in size for a baby to lie comfortably in it. Then they rubbed it with asphalt and cast it into the river. And Thermouthis, the daughter of the king, took him up.[4] When he became three years old, God lifted up an admirable height for his age.[5]
[Note] that Moses fasted for 80 days, 40 [days] before and 40 [days] after he had destroyed the tables that were made of the stone lapis lazuli, written by the finger of God.[6]
[Note] that nobody was so indifferent that when gazing at Moses he would not be amazed by his beauty of form.[7]
Greek Original:
*mwu+sh=s: o( profh/ths kai\ nomoqe/ths. e)n tw=| p# tou/tou e)/tei e)ch=lqon oi( ui(oi\ *)israh\l e)c *ai)gu/ptou, e)n h(=| parw/|khsan e)/th sie#. pw=s ou)=n fhsin o( qeo\s pro\s to\n *)abraa/m, o(/ti pa/roikon e)/stai to\ spe/rma sou e)/th u#. a)lla\ dh=lon o(/ti a)po\ th=s a)naba/sews *)abraa\m e)k *xara\n dei= th\n tou= laou= paroiki/an a)riqmei=n. ou) ga\r e)n *ai)gu/ptw| mo/nh| ge/gonen h( paroi/khsis, a)lla\ kai\ e)n gh=| *xanaa/n. *mwu+sh=s ga\r le/gei: h( de\ paroi/khsis tw=n ui(w=n *)israh\l e)n gh=| *xanaa\n kai\ e)n *ai)gu/ptw| e)/th ul#. kai\ tou= me\n *)abraa\m a)po\ th=s e)k *xara\n a)naba/sews me/xri th=s *)isaa\k gennh/sews e)/th ke#, a)po\ de\ *)isaa\k me/xri *)iakw\b c#, a)po\ de\ *)iakw\b me/xri tou= *leui\+ pz#, a)po\ *leui\ me/xri *kaa\q me#, a)po\ *kaa\q me/xri *)/abram cg#: a)po\ *mwse/ws me/xri th=s e)co/dou p#. kai\ ou(/tws e)ch=lqen *)israh\l e)k th=s *ai)gu/ptou. tou= *mwse/ws gennhqe/ntos oi( teko/ntes dedio/tes tou\s *ai)gupti/ous mhxanw=ntai ple/gma bu/blinon, e)mfere\s th=| kataskeuh=| ki/stidi, mege/qous poih/santes au)/tarkes ei)s to\ met' eu)ruxwri/as e)napokei=sqai bre/fos: e)/peita xri/santes a)sfa/ltw| kata\ tou= potamou= ba/llousi. *qermou=qis de\ h( quga/thr tou= basile/ws tou=ton a)nei/leto. trietei= de\ genome/nw| qaumasto\n o( qeo\s to\ th=s h(liki/as e)ch=ren a)na/sthma. o(/ti *mwu+sh=s p# h(me/ras e)nh/steuse, m# ta\s prote/ras kai\ m# meta\ to\ suntri=yai ta\s pla/kas sapfei/rw| li/qw| daktu/lw| qeou= grafei/sas. o(/ti ou)dei\s h)=n a)filo/timos ou(/tws, w(s *mwu+sh=n qeasa/menos mh\ e)kplagei/h th=s eu)morfi/as.
cf. generally alpha 69 (Abraham), chi 79 (Canaan).
[1] cf. nu 471.
[2] Genesis 12:5.
[3] This section of the entry = George the Monk, Chronicon 115.7-20.
[4] Exodus 2:5; cf. theta 251.
[5] This section of the entry = Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 2.220-1, 224, 231; cf. alpha 2084.
[6] cf. George the Monk, Chronicon 120.20-121.19 (abbreviated).
[7] From alpha 4619.
Keywords: biography; botany; children; chronology; daily life; food; geography; historiography; law; religion; trade and manufacture; women
Translated by: Kostas Zafeiris on 10 August 2004@11:27:56.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, cosmetics) on 10 August 2004@23:30:45.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 August 2004@03:15:07.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 11 November 2005@06:04:47.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 14 April 2009@08:44:08.
David Whitehead (tweaking; raised status) on 28 May 2013@06:16:20.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 9 November 2014@00:53:34.


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