ELEM = young man

Why is it when you look up “elementary” they give you a Latin etymology, when “ELEM” is one of the Hebrew words for “young man”?


Original Word: עָ֫לֶם
Transliteration: elem
Phonetic Spelling: (eh’-lem)
Short Definition: young man

It’s also interesting how I Sam 20:18 refers to the “Ezel stone”, but “Ezel” is never explained.  This blog gives some explanation: http://www.uscj.org/israelcenter/haftarahEdit.php?id=354 or http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/E/EZEL/

Some sources suggest is means “Stone of Departure” – but no real explanation why.  However, the Jewish Study Bible (JSB, newer Jewish Publication Society) translates I Sam 23: 28 as “the Rock of Separation” instead of “Sela Hammahlekoth”.  The footnote says “Meaning of Hebrew is uncertain”.

There’s an interesting euphemism in I Sam 24:3:

KJV 1 Samuel 24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

JSB and NIV – And Saul went in to relieve himself…

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