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גוֹג GOG Ezekiel 38:18

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:36 pm
by Isaac Fried
While reading today (Ezekiel 38:18) about the mighty גוֹג GOG of מגוֹג = מה-גוג, it occurred to me that it is related, on the one hand, to 'google' and to 'giga', the gigantic number, and on the other hand, to the Hebrew גג GAG, 'loft, roof', and to the post biblical גיגית GIYGIYT, 'tub, vat, vast plate'.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

Re: גוֹג GOG Ezekiel 38:18

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:17 pm
by Isaac Fried
The ג-ג G-G (or equally Q-Q), short for גאה - גאה GAAH - GAAH, may refer not only excessive hight or large size, but also to the many tiny scar-tissue bumps עֻגּוֹת (or sinks עֻקּוֹת) as in קעקוּעים QAQUIYM, 'tattoo work'. See Lev. 19:28
וְשֶׂרֶט לָנֶפֶשׁ לֹא תִתְּנוּ בִּבְשַׂרְכֶם וּכְתֹבֶת קַעֲקַע לֹא תִתְּנוּ בָּכֶם אֲנִי יהֹוה
NIV: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord."
We recall also the post-biblical גַעְגּוּעִים GAGUIYM, 'longing (from long), yearning'.

Isaac Fried, Boston University