Genesis 1 – Verse 1 – Word 3

For Hebrew and Arabic, please read from the right to the left
א,א בראשית, ברא אלוהים, את השמיים, ואת הארץ.

Phonics: Elohim.

א = Alif [a] = El = the

The first letter of this word could either be considered a part of (el) which is an article used to define the next noun uttered, or the first letter of a name: [a]. In the second possibility, [a] being a consonant here, could have the following vowels:

a- A(a).l.h:y.m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( א ) a consonant with an (a) nuqud.

b- A(u).l.h:y.m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( א ) a consonant with an (u) nuqud.

c- A(i).l.h:y.m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( א ) a consonant with an (i) nuqud.

 ל = Lam [l] – It could be either part of the article [el], or the second letter in a noun, in which cases it would bear one of the following vowels:

a- A.l(a).h:y.m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( ל ) a consonant with an (a) nuqud.

b- A.l(u).h:y.m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( ל ) a consonant with an (u) nuqud.

c- A.l(i).h:y.m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( ל) a consonant with an (i) nuqud.

d- A.l(.).h:y.m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( ל ) a consonant with a silent nuqud (Sukun).

===>These two letters together could act as the article ‘the’.

 ו    = Vav [v] or [waw] in Aramaic. This letter is like (y), it is a consonant [v] or [w], but it can also work as a vowel (oo), making the niqqud designed for this sound longer. When ו is positioned immediately after the article ‘the’ [el] more than one possibility of pronounciation is found:

a- A.l[oo].him, (  א.לו.הים  )   with ( ו  ) playing only the role of a vowel.

b- Al.w(o).him, (  אל.ו.הים )  with ( ו ) playing  the role of a consonant (v) or  with its vowel being also [oo]

c- Al.w(a).him, ( אל.ו.הים   )with ( ו ) playing the role of a consonant (v) or  with its vowel being  [a]

ה = It is the consonant (h) [ ه / هـ] OR [ح / حـ ] , although it can also mean (the) at the beginning of words probably when it’s pronounced [ ه / هـ ]. We are not sure of the nuqud required, thus a few possibilites are found below:

a- A.l.h(i):m, ( א.לו.הי.ם ) with ( ה) being a consonant with a nuqud (i) which merges with the next letter ( י ) and use it as a long vowel [hee:]

b- A.l.h(a). y.m, ( א.לו.ה.י.ם ) (nuqud was not added in Hebrew) with ( ה) being a consonant with a nuqud (a) which does not merge with the next letter ( י ).

c- A.l.h(u). y.m, ( א.לו.ה.י.ם ) (nuqud was not added in Hebrew) with ( ה) being a consonant with a nuqud (u) which does not merge with the next letter ( י ).

י = Letter (y), and like the letter (Y) in Latin. It can be used as a vowel to prolong the sound (i) of the previous letter ( ה ) as seen above, OR it can  be used as a consonant taking one of the three possible vowels [a, u, i].

a- A.l.h:y(i).m, ( א.לו.ה.י.ם ) with ( י ) a consonant with an (i) nuqud.

b-  A.l.h:y(a).m, ( א.לו.ה.י.ם ) with ( י ) a consonant with an (a) nuqud.

c- A.l.h:y(u).m, ( א.לו.ה.י.ם ) with ( י ) a consonant with an (u) nuqud.

ם = Letter (m). Full consonant. The vowel here is not important as it does not affect the meaning of the word, and it is only a sign to highlight the gramatical position of the word in a sentence. So, the vowel of last letters is often silent (sukun) especially in colloquail language.

Possible Phonetic Names with Vowels:

It is now a question of probability to put forward as many possible pronounciations as possible,  of the name given in Genesis 1:1 to mean God. You could have a go on trying this probability game following this example:

a1- A(a).l.h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( א ) a consonant with an (a) nuqud.

b1- A(u).l.h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( א ) a consonant with an (u) nuqud.

c1- A(i).l.h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

a2-A(a).l(u).h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

a3- A(a).l(a).w(3 other possibilities),h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

a4- A(a).l(i).w(3 other possibilities)h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

b2- A(u).l(u).h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

b3-A(u).l(a)    w(u/a/i) h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( א ) a consonant with an (u) nuqud.

b4- A(u).l(i).w(u/a/i),h(u)y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם ) with ( א ) a consonant with an (u) nuqud.

c2- A(i).l(u).h(u): y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

c3- A(i).l(a).w(wu/wa/wi),h(u): y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

c4- A(i).l(i).w(wu/wa only),h(u): y(u).m, ( א.ל.ו.ה.י.ם )

Combination Syllables in אלוהים

אל = the [el] formally means  the.

ים = (yom) or (yam), this is a word with different meaning:        

1-(yam) is a Semitic noun which means a sea or a lake.      wild bird. *The direction (west, east, etc) from which or to which someone goes.

2-Simple Verb: (yamma, Yaoommoo, imamon – imam), to lead (in prayer or otherwise). 3-Complex Verb: (ta-ammama, ya-ta-ammamo), to direct oneself towards the sea (water), or something in its place. In Islam, a ritual used in Wodu, in lieu of the washing of water. So, the root of the word [yom] is water.

*[Yom] or [yoom] is a 24 hour day.

* abundance, plethora, profusion

*If we add the letter [h] to the end of  [yom] and change the niqqud on the [y], it becomes one of the Semitic many names for ‘mother’ יםה = ים + ה [yomma]

===> What makes the name אלוהים [Elohim]? We’ll see next that if we tried to look at each syllable in this name, the flow of reading will change as usual in Hebrew language: אל[el] וה[oh] ים[yom]- The second and third syllables have changed, just by reading them separate from each other. והים [ohim] then gives rise to וה [oh] and ים [yom] (not em or yim) because of the way the letter yod י[y] behaves in Hebrew language, acting as a full letter yod when it’s at the beginning, or as a niqqud producing the [ee] sound when linking between letters and syllables. Elohim, becomes the total sum of El Oh Yom = The breath (or the breath giver) Yom (the water or the mother).

 

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