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Hi Don't Really
CHAV VA in paleoHebrew, in case you did NOT know does NOT mean 'life' - that would be heb. 'Chayyim' (which is normally plural, as in
'L'Chayyim' (lit. 'to lives !') or more rarely in the fem. sg. 'Chayyah'.
'Chav vah' literally means 'a female gossip' - from CH-V-H - 'to spill the beans', 'tell a secret', 'let it be known', 'gossip...'
possibly because she was able (somehow !) to 'speak with the Nahash ('serpent') in the so-called Garden of Q'eden.
It could well be that the original paleoHeb ugaritic lettering consonantal texts prior to 420 BCE may have had something like 'Ch-Y-H', in Gen. 3:20
-meaning 'Life' (sg) the text which immediately follows after all states : 'because she is the mother of all Living...'
But somehow the consonantal text was later changed from Chayyah to Chav vah (possibly after Ezra's changing of the aleph-beth in c. 420 BCE to the
new square Aramaic letters - that is, away from the older Phonecian horned paleo-Ugaritic shaped letters the Israelites stole, or more politely
'borrowed' from the Cannaanites prior to 420 BCE) - who's to say...
Interestingly perhaps the paleoHeb Chayyah (sg of Chayyim,. 'life') is curiously similar to the Aramaic word for 'sexual desire', 'lewd
slipperiness' , 'wicked or naughty behaviour', 'ruination' or even 'serpent-like' (Aram. Chiw-ya)...
At any rate, be VERY careful about your paleoHebrew etymologies...they can be very tricky...
Also note that ELOHIM ('gods' - but in the paleoHeb governs a singular verb e.g. 'bara' = to create) is the MASCULINE Plural of a FEMINIINE
SINGULAR 'Eloah' (lit. 'clan goddess') - the singular of which was used by the poetic author of the so-called book of Job beginning in chapter 3
where the POEM stars ('and Eloah said...')
We also reflect on the androgyny of ADAM in the 1st Priestly Creation Myth of the Jews in Genesis (chapter 1:1 to 2:4a, continued in Gen Chapter 5:1)
where we note phrases like Gen chapter 5:1
'And in the Day of THEIR creation, when Elohim made them male and Female in his own Image, he blessed THEM and he called THEIR name ADAM....'
So ADAM in Gen chapter 5:1 is BOTH male AND female - and ELOHIM (the masc. plural of ELOAH) is BOTH male AND female ('he created them in his own
image, male and female, and he called THEIR name Adam...')
So when people say that the 'creator gods' of the benei Yisro'el is always male, they might do well to take a paleoHebrew course and learn what a
PLURAL is !!