🏷  Bible name Semitic hidden ruler pun · name   —   by Gerry · Nov 2018 · 946 words

The most powerful aristocratic families have been masking themselves as Jews for millennia, though they are not actual Jews in the common sense. They merely use that word because it means “leaders” & “majesties”, i.e. aristocrats.

Semitic ydh for “praise”

The Hebrew word for Jew is Yehudi, written יהודי yhwdy. It is a nisba adjective derived from Judah, written יהודה yhwdh.

What is the word root and what does it stand for?

The problem is that Y/H/W are shifty “weak” vowel-type consonants. Only the D definitely belongs to the potential word root that would give us the meaning.

The official derivation for Judah is from “praise” & “thanks”, plus “acknowledge” & “confess”, written ידה ydh. You get there by stripping the 1st H and the W. But we can easily find other forms with the same meanings which are written הוד hwd, plus some vowel suffix. Some dictionaries give another origin as ידה ydh, again with the same meanings. The root form is therefore arbitrary and cannot be determined. It is just vowels grouped around a D.

Hebrew yhd, ydh, hwd = Jew, Judah, praise, thanks, confess

יהודי yhwdy Yehudi : Jew, Jewish, Jews, Judeans — Old Hebrew (Strong)

יהודה yhwdh Yehudah : probably “praised,” a son of Jacob, also his descendants, the Southern kingdom — Old Hebrew (Strong)

ידה ydh yadah : throw, cast, confess, give thanks, praise, thank — Old Hebrew (Strong)

הודיה hwdyh : confession, admission; thanksgiving, Hoodah; admission of indebtedness, Hodâaoth — Hebrew (Jastrow)

הודאה hwdˀh : admission, acknowledgement; thanksgiving; benediction — Hebrew (Klein)

הודה hwdh : he gave thanks, praised, lauded; he confessed. — Hebrew (Klein)

הודו hwdw : hodu, thank ye the Lord — Hebrew (Jastrow)

As with Judah’s brethren, we get an official pun explaining his name, as “praise”.

And once more, she conceived and gave birth to a son and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then Leah stopped having children.

ותהר עוד ותלד בן ותאמר הפעם אודה את יהוה על כן קראה שמו יהודה ותעמד מלדת

Genesis 29:35

Hebrew hwd for “majesty”

“Praise” may be a good derivation for regular faithful Jews, but not for powerful aristocrats. Among the spelling forms for “praise”, there are others where you strip the 2nd H and the Y. The word is then הוד hwd meaning “majesty” & “authority”.

Since the Y in Hebrew is also a grammatical prefix, you can also interpret the name Judah as “will be majestic” or “will have authority”. In any case, because הוד hwd means both “praise” & “authority”, all spelling variants for “praise” can also mean “authority”!

Hebrew hwd = majesty, authority

הוד hwd hod : authority, honor, majesty, splendor — Old Hebrew (Strong)

הוד hwd hod : distinction, pride, majesty — Hebrew (Jastrow)

Confer on him some of your authority, so that the whole congregation of Israel will obey him.

ונתתה מהודך עליו למען ישמעו כל עדת בני ישראל

Numbers 27:20

Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy fill His dwelling.

הוד והדר לפניו עז וחדוה במקמו

1 Chronicles 29:11

The LORD highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal majesty such as had not been bestowed on any king in Israel before him.

ויגדל יהוה את שלמה למעלה לעיני כל ישראל ויתן עליו הוד מלכות אשר לא היה על כל מלך לפניו על ישראל

1 Chronicles 29:25

What is a “majesty” then? The English word is derived from the Latin magnus root meaning “great”, likely related to the magistrate title.

The Hebrew word hwd doesn’t seem to be derived from greatness though. It may be the passive of “acknowledgement”. It could also be related to the Aramaic word hd: “leader” & “guide”.

Aramaic & Arabic hd for “leader”

A very similar letter combination הד hd has a much more concrete meaning in Aramaic & Arabic. It means leader & guide. The root seems to be √hd, though it is in some cases vowelized to hwdy or hudiya.

Aramaic hdy = leader, leading, guide, guiding

הדי hdy : to lead — Aramaic (CAL)

הדי hdy : leading — Aramaic (CAL)

הדי hdy : leader — Aramaic (CAL)

הדוי hdwy : leader — Aramaic (CAL)

הדיו hdyw : leadership, guidance — Aramaic (CAL)

הדיאא hdyˀˀ : leader — Aramaic (CAL)

הדין hdyn : guide — Aramaic (CAL)

הודי hwdy : guidance — Aramaic (CAL)

מהדין mhdyn : one that guides — Aramaic (CAL)

מהדינו mhdynw : leadership — Aramaic (CAL)

מתהדין mthdyn : one guided — Aramaic (CAL)

מתהדינו mthdynw : guidance, being guided — Aramaic (CAL)

Arabic hd = leader, leading, guide, guiding

يَهْدِي yahdī : to guide — Arabic (Wikt)

هِدَايَة‎ hidāya : to guide — Arabic (Wikt)

أَهْدَى‎ ˀahdā : to submit — Arabic (Wikt)

تَهَدَّى‎ tahaddā : to be guided — Arabic (Wikt)

اِهْتَدَى‎ ihtadā : to be directed — Arabic (Wikt)

أَهْدَى‎ ˀahdā : better lead — Arabic (Wikt)

هَدْيَة‎ hidya : way how something goes — Arabic (Wikt)

It seems that being ruled by secret “leaders” across all cultures is just the “way how it goes”. Hah!

Bees as symbols for “leaders”

Many terms could theoretically be derived from the name Judah. Why would “leader” be the one that is secretly meant by the aristocrats? Because there is another prominent punny synonym for “leader” that we encounter everywhere: the bees! That’s why they style themselves with and as bees all the time. That is the pun:

bee = dbr = leader = hwdyyhwdy = Jew

For the many aristocratic pun-symbolisms derived from bees, please read the entries about bees and about Samson’s riddle.

The hand as a symbol for “leaders”

We remember that a common spelling variant for “praise” was ידה ydh. The official meaning of “praise”, and the secret meaning of “leader” may thus even be etymologically linked, through the common super-root יד yd meaning “hand”. This root has even more meanings related to power & finance such as “command”, “control”, “creditor”, “debt”, “possession”. Further proof is that the hand frequently pops up as a symbol.

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