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Pamphlet #7055

Britain's Hebrew Names

A most interesting coincidence is the Hebrew meaning of the phonetic sounds of the names of the British people.
The House of Israel is the "covenant people."
The Hebrew word for "covenant" is (pronounced in current Hebrew) "brit".

After Gideon's death, Israel followed the false pagan god Baal.
In Judges 8:83 and 9:4, the word "covenant" is used as a proper name coupled with the name "Baal."
This is quoted in the English text, Authorized Version, without being translated,
as "Baalberith," meaning (margin) "idol of the covenant."

The word for "covenant man," or "covenant people," would therefore sound,
in English word order, "Brit-ish" (the word ish means "man" in Hebrew,
and it is also an English suffix on nouns and adjectives).

And so, is it mere coincidence that the true covenant people today are called the "British"?
And they reside in the "British Isles"!

To Abraham, God also said, "In Isaac shall thy seed be called,"
and this name is repeated in Romans 9:7 and He-brews 11:18.
In Amos 7:16 the Israelites are called "the house of Isaac."
The name "Isaac" is the English form of the Hebrew word more exactly transliterated Yishaq.
Note how different the Hebrew spelling and pronunciation is from the English.
Even stable consonants have dropped out, how much easier for the unstable,
semi-vowel y to drop, leaving Shaq or Saac.

In fact ancient documents show another Semitic people, the Assyrians,
had a habit of dropping the initial y in exactly this way.
For instance, they referred to a King Ahab of Israel as A-ha-ab-bu Sir-'i-la-a-a.
(See, for example, Pritchard's Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, pp.227-Si.)
They dropped the yi of Israel (Yisra'el in Hebrew)
in the same way the first syllable of Isaac would be dropped to form Saac.
Is it only coincidence that "Saxons" sounds the same as "Saac's sons"-sons of Isaac?

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