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Meaning and etymology of the name Chesed




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Chesed is the fourth son of Abraham's brother Nahor with their niece Milcah (Genesis 22:22). Nahor lived in Haran but was originally from Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 11:27-32). The Hebrew word for Chaldeans is Kashedim, which is the plural of Chesed. It seems that Nahor named his son after the people he came from.

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names is so opposed to the idea that the Chaldeans could be descended from Chesed (because the Chaldeans are mentioned eleven chapters prior to Chesed, but see the discussion under the name Chaldeans), that he derives the two highly similar names — Chesed and Chaldeans — along two completely different avenues.

Chesed, Jones says, comes from an unused and nowhere else mentioned root Chesed, which has an equivalent in the cognate Arabic language, where it means to gain. Hence Jones translates the name Chesed with Increase.

The name Chaldeans, however, Jones insists, consists of the following two parts:

1) The common Hebrew particle ke (ke) meaning as if. This particle plays a prominent role in the name Michael.

2) The segment shed.

Jones insists that this segment is sadad (shed), meaning demon (Deuteronomy 32:17, Psalm 106:37), and reads As It Were Demons. But the word for demon is written with a shin and not with a sin, and although these two letters were once the same, they should be considered two different letters, and the words two different words.

Another possibility is that the second segment of the name Chesed comes from the Hebrew verb sadad (sadad), harrow, or the unused and untranslated root sdh (sdh), with derivatives saday (saday), meaning field, land, and sdh (sadeh), meaning field.

The development of mankind seems to go hand in hand with that of Babel. Babel's great river the Euphrates is mentioned as early as Genesis 2:4, as it flows through the garden of Eden.

Parallel to the calling of Abraham (who came from Ur of the Chaldeans) the tower of Babel is constructed and subsequently torn down. After her glory days under king Solomon, the surviving tribe(s)Judah (and Simeon) is adopted by the Babylonian empire. And finally, it seems that Ecclesia also grows up in Babylon, only to break free from it and leave it in shambles (Rev 18:2).

The pun is that the word adam (man, human) comes from the word adamah, meaning field. The meaning of the names Chesed and Chaldean seems to be a reminder that any form of the Babylonian phenomenon is not what brings mankind forth: As If It Were A Field.

A related name is Siddim.






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