Etymologies of Phrases, Words, Alphabets

showing the origins of Biblical (and other) words in Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT) and the way the meanings have changed through time

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Regarding the etymology of the word etymology it is made up of two words "Etymon" — Origin / True Sense / Essence and "Logoi" — Words. The modern Greek word is "Eteos" — True, Real, or Genuine. In the Greek New Testament neither Eteos nor Etymon can be found, but two closely related Greek words are Etos — Years / Cycles (since the Origin of Adam) from which we get the modern word veteran and Eimi — translated as "I am" or "Essence of Being".
This word "Etymology" was Latinized by Cicero as Veriloquium — a true speech (translation). Brings to mind Pilate's words "What is truth i.e. not hidden?"

Jesus’s reply is of course not recorded and Pilate having had the last word, walks out. And he answers his own question in his next word to the Jewish leaders “I find in him no fault at all” and after Jesus has been scourged "Behold the man".

John 1:14 And the word “logos” became flesh (weak, exposed, and subject to the ravages of the years “etos”) and dwelt, encamped among us (where men and women could see him as he is “eimi”). And we have beheld his glory, his splendour, the splendour of the only-born of the Father, full of grace (favour) and truth (unhidden).

True, like a Tree, a vine tree, through many years, He is the vine, we are his branches. His words bring total protection, as long as we stay joined. The enemy’s fibs frequently involve shortcuts, bypass the time that God says is necessary for genuine fruit.

A close derivative of truth-speaker is "sooth-sayer" from "soo" — related to the Latin / Italian verb "sono" — the old English word "sinner" → In truth I am (guilty), In truth I am (judged) — I come up short, in debt. To miss the goal and prize in Greek, also in Hebrew. To stumble - peccare in Latin, French, Italian.

Similar and related English / Germanic words to guilt, under obligation that evolved around 1200-1400 were "yield" — Make payment or service, "gild / gilt" — Provide yellow, golden covering, "guild" — Become the governing body in a town, having different members but having the same trade / tread in life (and death).


1 Cor13 Chatting about Love

10 Dimensions

Aleph Bet — Ancient Hebrew with a modern day pronunciation guide.

Alphabets — Ancient Hebrew and the various scripts that developed from it: Greek and Latin and Cyrillic, Devanagari, and Arabic. Over in the far east Chinese Japanese and Korean on the other hand developed from an early, syllabic, cuneiform script.

Amazed — Being Beside Yourself (or nuts)

Amber — Fossilized tree resin, the appearance of the Lord, and "absolutely electric"

Angels (and kings)

Aramaic — from Aram, son of Shem, and its relationship to Hebrew and Arabic

Ark of the Covenant — its last physical placement. In 2 Chronicles 35 King Josiah tells the Levites to "Put the holy ark into the temple. You need not carry it on your shoulders any longer. Now serve the Lord." Not long after, just 35 years later the temple was destroyed, burnt to the ground by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. And Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 3:16, speaks of the day coming when "the ark of the covenant shall not come to mind, remembered, missed, nor rebuilt, and at that time Jerusalem shall be called the Throne of the Lord, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem."

Armenia — also from Aram, son of Shem

Baptism — Dipped in water

Basis — Authoritative place — Bema

Bible Timeline — reconciled with Jewish Calendar and James Ussher

Biblical Criticism — Jewish Rabbi on Moses contrasted with Baruch Spinoza Dutch philosopher 1632-1677 and Julius Wellhausen

Bios — and prayer and Jacob wrestling with "the man"

Bishopric from "episkopos" — to oversee. See too Deacon from "diaconus", a "go-between", a servant or minister.

Blessing and Cursing — first mention in scripture

Book(s) —(a) Parchment and Papyrus (Pre flood)
(b) Wax Tablets using stone and boxwood (Moses and the Prophets)
(c) Codex Bound Pages in a single unit by the time of Julius Caesar and the New Testament
Bind them (strips of parchment) to your fingers and write them on the (soft) tablets of your heart Proverbs 7:32

Book of Jude — some thoughts

Book of Judges and Samuel — Saul and David. Includes a list of judges, a link to a list of high priests, and a reconciliation beween Paul's "450 years of judges" in the Book of Acts, and the Old Testament's "480th year" from the Exodus to Solomon "beginning to build the Lord's house"

Buddha, Confucius, Seth and Larry — words/last words

Caesar Augustus decree made about 1 BC for the Jewish customs, their holy days, and their "highest god"

Cain and Abel, Enoch and Enosh, Iysh and Ishshah, Adam and Adamah

Calendar History

Catholic from two Greek words "Kata" (about) and "Holos" (the whole thing) i.e. universal teachings

Chapel and Chaplain from the French word for "cape" — story of Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who cut his cape in two to give to a shivering person and heard the Lord "you have clothed me"


Chosen (Forever Young)

Christopher Columbus — Travelling west to "India" in 1492. Long before Copernicus (1473-1543) and Galileo (1564-1642) it was known to many scholars that the earth was a sphere, see Isaiah 40:22, and the concept that the earth revolved around the sun was an old one. But it was not easy countering the mainstream geocentric teaching of Aristotle (384BC-322BC) and Ptolemy (100AD-170AD).

Chuck Missler (Chuck Smith, Maranatha Music)

Cities of Refuge — Asylum — Sanctuary

Classes (in Rome and in France) and Political Parties (in UK, US, and Australia)

Consecrated Life — prayer time with Tony McLennan from Bible League Australia

Creeds up to the Apostles Creed

Crimson Grub

Cromwell and Princess Henrietta Maria and Adolf Hitler

Diocese from "dia-oikos" — a managed region

Dispensation — Resources meeting Needs. Basic Economics. Stewardship

Drinking and Watering cf Blood cf Holy Anointing Oil

Early Creeds

Early Marriages in scripture, from Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah

Early Numerals and Measurements

East West North and South

Ecclesia — Citizens Assemblies and Early Church — Kyrie and Lord's House — and Peter

Epic of Gilgamesh — First full account discovered in 1853 in Nineveh. It was written in Akkadian script on numerous clay tablets circa 600BC, inside the Royal Library of Ashurbanipal, the last great king of Assyria. Click here for their timeline. The account itself was compiled between 1300BC and 1000BC, apparently from a record in Ur, circa 2020BC. Ur, Abraham's birthplace, is also famous for the Code of Ur-Nammu click here, the oldest known law code surviving today. Gilgamesh himself was said to be a king of Erech who visited Utnapishtim (Noah) who told him about the great flood. The king's plan had been to discover the secret of eternal life, rumoured to have been granted to Noah given his great age at the visit

Epipipto — Holy Spirit Embrace

Eternity and Thoughts on 1 John 5

Eucharist from "eucharistia" — to give thanks (in response to being "well-favoured")

Evil — Two words for "evil" in New Testament "Kakos"-kakky injury and "Poneros"-painful punishment

Favorite Key Verses

Feasts — Feast (literally Appointed Time) of Trumpets

Fellowship — Good old 1 Corinthians

Fire — Purity — Salted with fire — Esh (Hebrew) and Pur (Greek)

Foreknowledge vs Fortune Telling

Four Horsemen, Simon the Pharisee, Judas, and Paul's attitude to taking up a collection

Four Living Creatures, four main tribes (around the tabernacle), and the four points on the Hebrew compass: east (towards the sunrise), south (strong hand on the right), north (hidden covering on the left), and west (the roar, the Mediterranean Sea behind)

Garden Tomb, Calvary, Maps of the old city and Modern Jerusalem

Genealogies of Jesus

Genesis 2 and 3 — Nakedness, Smoothness, and Shame

Giants — a scholarly treatise on the Nephilim, the Rephaim and the Anakim in the Hebrew Old Testament, the Greek Septuagint, and Josephus's writings in 100AD

Glory, Weight, Gravity — Law of Relativity and Four Forces in Physics

God's 7 Day Week vs Blind Evolution

Greatest Commandment — Love God with Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength

Greek History — Solon's Democracy to Alexander the Great

Happening — stuff that happens to happen to people

History of Calendar

History of Money

Homosexual, first used as a word about 1880

Host from "hostia" — holy victim/stranger/sacrifice
contrast with the other meaning of "Host" — from "hospes" — showing hospitality to strangers or guests

Human from "humanus" — Latin adjective for "belonging to man", human, obscurely related to "ghe", "ge" and "humus" — "belonging to the earth"

  1. Semen and sperm, atoms and molecules, DNA, the "building blocks" of life
  2. Hormones — Amino Acids and Steroids. Also Enzymes, and more thoughts on DNA in Humans
  3. Bacteria Colonies in the Gut — their development in babies via the birth canal, breastfeeding, other environmental factors

Humour, from Latin humor ‘moisture’, 'bodily fluids' changing in the late 16th century to its modern meaning where "humoring someone" means "providing amusement, teasing and sport"

Hur, Bible men in the Background

India its name as written in its seven major languages

  1. भारत Play in the Devanagari script is pronounced "Bhaa-rat" in the official Hindi language. The Devanagari script was used to write the Indo-Aryan Sanskrit language with early universities formed at Taxila and Nalanda, and later at Vikramashila. However, minimal written records exist today prior to 1100AD. As well as Sanskrit the Hindi language was heavily influenced by Urdu as spoken in Northern India and Pakistan.
  2. بھارت Play in the Perso-Arabic script is pronounced "Bhaa-rat" in the Urdu language in Northern India and Pakistan.
    Historically both languages were referred to by the British as being the one language, Hindustani, being mutually intelligible while having different scripts. However the third language, Punjabi, is the one most frequently spoken in Pakistan today.
  3. ਭਾਰਤ Play in the Gurmukhi script is pronounced "Bhaa-rat" in the Punjabi language in Northern India. With its script designed by the early Sikh gurus, its chief centre is the Golden Temple in Amritsar, completed in 1577.
    In Pakistan, earlier Punjabi writings (500AD - 1465AD) used a Perso-Arabic script now referred to as the Shahmukhi script. This continues to be the script they use, differing from the Urdu alphabet by having four additional letters.
  4. ભારત Play in the Gujarati language and script is pronounced "Bhaa-rat" by the Gujarat people in western India, and was specifically spoken by Mahatma Ghandi, though he also spoke Hindi and English as well.
  5. ভারত Play in the Bengali language and script is pronounced "Bhaa-rat" in Bangladesh.
  6. భారత్ Play in the Telugu language and script is pronounced "Bhaa-rat" in South-east India.
  7. இந்தியா Play in the Tamil language and script is pronounced "India" in southern India.

Inflation — its History

Jealousy — Zeal — Envy — Qanna (Hebrew) and Zelos (Greek)

Jeremiah 29 and living in Babylon

Jesus's Family — Cousins,Aunties

Jesus Life on Earth 2 BC — 31 AD

Jesus Pre-Existence

Jubilee Years

Keep — Guard — Being responsible — Shamar

Kisses and other interesting subjects

Kyrie — It's Christmas, so I just updated my page on Kyrie Eleison and that old chap, Cyrus, with some extra background.

Let's Go Dancing — Choros

Love and Truth and Marriage (and soul and spirit)

Makeup of Man

Male and Female

Mammon and Babylon

Marriages in early scripture, from Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah

Marriage, and "official" church groups, in modern Israel

Mass from "Dismissal" — Go forth

Money — its History

Monk from "monakhos" — Solitary / pilgrim

Mt Sinai — The Law, and That Fellowship Issue - Good old 1 Corinthians

Music — its pentatonic, diatonic and chromatic scales, Chinese musicology, and A440 — the audio frequency reference presently used for orchestra tuning. What does all that mean ?

Myers Briggs and Work Place Stats

Numbers and Measurements

Numbering God's People

Nun from "nana" — a term of family affection for an older lady

Offerings — Five Offerings in Leviticus

Paradise and the Third Heaven

Parish from "para-oikos" — just visiting a region

Passion — Suffering — Feeling Under Pressure — Pascho and Pascha

Paul Brand and "Granny" Brand (and pain and Cain and Abel)

Paul's Missionary Journeys one per map plus a full map with original Bible names

Peace — Irony — Shalom (Hebrew) and Eirene (Greek)

Pneumatikos vs Psuchikos — Spiritual vs Natural

Praise and Worship

Priest — in old English "Preost" is related to the French word "Provost" (where the v is pronounced as a w), and the High German word "Probost". Both are related to the Latin word "Praepositus" — Front Row (Forward) and the Greek word "Presbus" — "Pres" (Front) and "Bu" (ox) — (an Ox) leading the way. From which we also derive the word "Presbyterian", normally translated in English as Elder. In the Vulgate Bible the Latin word "Senior" was used, their word for an Elder or Older man.

Priest in Old Testament Hebrew (and translated in the Greek Septuagint as "Hiereus") is the word "Kohen" — Officer (of God), a title conferred on Melchizedek in early Jerusalem at the time of Abraham, Jethro in Midian at the time of Moses, and then on Aaron (Moses's older brother) and his descendants.

Priest in New Testament Greek is the word Hiereus from "Hieros" — Holy One — the one who points the way to connectedness or Wholeness (Holiness). In the Latin Vulgate the word "Sacerdos" was used, for the one who did Holy or Sacred Acts. See too Hierosolyma — Jerusalem, "Pointing the Way out to Peace" from the Hebrew words "Yara" and "Shalom". Also Hieron, the "Holy Temple" (contrasted with Hagion, the "Holy Place").

"High" Priest is Archiereus — Actions of Piety of Christ in Hebrews 5

Psalm 137:9 — Devastation — Dashing little ones upon the rocks

Rabbis and Princes and Scribes and Pharisees — The Jewish Council — protecting the Law and all the Traditions of Judaism over the past 2,000 years

Rapture and Mysteries

Religious Affiliations 2016

Repentance — A Changed Worldview — Nacham (Hebrew) and Metanoia (Greek)

Reprove and Rebuke — in a definition of Faith — the substructure of things expected (hoped for), the reproof of things not seen.

Righteous among the Nations — the story of Miep Gies (and Anne Frank)

"Risen" — the movie

Sacrifice from "sacred" and "facere" — to make sacred for God
in Greek "thusos" — smoke and fire

See — five shades of meaning

Seeking God and the Four Living Creatures

Seven Churches in Revelation

Sixes and Sevens (in Hebrew) and the Sabbath rest

South Africa timeline, "Amazing Grace", anti-slavery, Mr Hitler, and Nelson Mandela

Swearing an Oath — Shaba (Hebrew) and Horkos (Greek)

Table of Nations Josephus and World's Nations Today


Terah — Father of Delay

That Letter J

The World and Thoughts on 1 John 5

This Generation

Urim and Thummim

Wisdom vs Knowledge and James 4

World Religions — Colossians 1&2, Romans 1:28 and Apollos

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