Originally posted by husserl
I have always been curious about the etymologies of the hebrew word nachash and the sanskrit word naga, both of which describe serpent-like beings.
Are these words related, and if so, how? One comes from Hebrew while the other comes from Sanskrit.
This caught my interest...but I am mostly seeing snakes...
It seems that the Hebrew nachash
is used interchangeably with tanniyn
Exodus 7:9-15 "When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before
Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent (tanniyn
). 10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and
Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent (tanniyn
). 11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men
and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For they cast down every man his rod, and
they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. 13 And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had
said. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. 15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo,
he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent (nachash
shalt thou take in thine hand."
is also used interchangeably with saraph
Numbers 21:8-9 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent (saraph
), and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that
every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent (nachash
) of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it
came to pass, that if a serpent (nachash
) had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent (nachash
) of brass, he lived."
- meaning serpent, snake
- can mean serpent, snake, sea monster, dragon or dinosaur, venomous snake
- can be used for serpent, fiery serpent, poisonous serpent.
This is a bit interesting, saraph
is also used for seraphim, the majestic beings with 6 wings, human hands or voices in attendance upon
I will look into the Sanskrit...