A solution to the enigma of the name שמשון $IM$ON

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Isaac Fried
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A solution to the enigma of the name שמשון $IM$ON

Postby Isaac Fried » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:40 pm

It is certainly not from שמש $EME$, 'sun'.

I think it is the compound איש-מ-איש-און I$-M-I$-ON, or איש-עם-איש-און I$-IM-I$-ON, where one איש is מנוח MANOX, and the other one is איש האלוהים of Judges 13:6. For און ON recall Gen. 49:3
רְאוּבֵן בְּכֹרִי אַתָּה כֹּחִי וְרֵאשִׁית אוֹנִי
KJV: "Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength"

Isaac Fried, Boston University

Isaac Fried
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Re: A solution to the enigma of the name שמשון $IM$ON

Postby Isaac Fried » Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:10 pm

Another possibility being that the first איש is the boy, the second one is איש האלוהים and the ending ON is a contracted הנו HINO, 'he is'.

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