English words with Hebrew origins

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English words with Hebrew origins

Post by Archived Topic » Sun Apr 18, 2004 2:10 pm

There are only a few Hebrew words in the English language other than names. Anyone care to list them?
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English words with Hebrew origins

Post by Archived Reply » Sun Apr 18, 2004 2:53 pm

Allan Metacalf writes in "Israel: shibboleth from Hebrew," _The World in So Many Words_ (1999):
Biblical Hebrew has had a strong influence on English. Hebrew words in English include "hallelujah" (1382) and "amen" (950), as well as "cherub" (825), "manna" (897), "behemoth" (1382), "cider" (1300), "messiah" (1300), "cabal" (1614), "schwa" (1895), and modern Hebrew, "kibbutz" (1944). Other Hebrew words like "chutzpah" (1892) and "schmooze" (1897) have immigrated through Yiddish to English.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Apr 18, 2004 3:08 pm

Very good.

Jubilee is another. The names of some spices like cinnamon also have a Hebrew origin. The reason there are so few is that the Bible was translated from Hebrew into Greek and then Latin before English.

Even the names of the first five books do not have their Hebrew names.

Bereshith, in the beginning, Genesis.
Shemoth, the names, Exodus
Vayyikra,the law of the priests, Leviticus
Barmidbar,in the desert, Numbers
Devarim, these are the words, Deuteronomy

There you go.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Apr 18, 2004 3:37 pm

I didn't know the 'little blue pill' so loved by elderly men is named after the Hebrew name for Leviticus. *G*
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Apr 18, 2004 3:51 pm

c: Lay off the mint! *G*
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Apr 18, 2004 4:05 pm

amen ra

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