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Meaning and etymology of the Hebrew name Enosh

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The name Enosh is applied only once in the Bible. The one and only Enosh is the son of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve.

Enosh is one of a few Hebrew words that indicate man or mankind and it is rooted in the root group anash ('nsh I, II & III):

• The verb anash (anash), meaning to be desperate, woeful, very sick (2 Samuel 12:15, Jeremiah 17:9). HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament notes on this verb, "most frequently it is used to describe a wound or pain which is incurable...(Jeremiah 15:18, 30:12)" This may shed some light on the enigmatic Beast From The Sea and the fatal wound of which it was healed - Rev 13:3; if not the healing caused by the Christ - Matthew 8:17/ Isaiah 53:4).
• The unused anash ('nsh II) that yields the noun that is idenntical to our name Enosh Enosh (enosh), meaning man or mankind in its frailty and weakness (Psalm 8:4, Job 28:13).
•  The unused and assumed root anash ('nsh III) that yields ishsha ('ishsha), wife, woman, female (Genesis 2:23).

The name Enosh means Man Frail And Miserable (Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) or Mortal (NOBS Study Bible Name List).

Other names that have to do with words for man are: Adam (Earthling), Gabriel (God's Guy), Methushael (Man Of God), and Zechariah (YHWH's Male) and Ishi (My Man).



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