Hebrew In Israel | Ink – Learn Hebrew Online

Hebrew In Israel | Ink – Learn Hebrew Online

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The Hebrew word for Ink-דיו-Dyo is a common word which appears in several Semitic languages.  One opinion (Lambedin) argues that it is actually derived from an Egyptian word “rith” which is argued to be the original for of Dyo which should be Ryo.  This is argued based on the physical resemblance between the Hebrew letters ד-ר which many do confuse.

However, this is undone by the evidence from Aramaic which clearly issues a ד as דיותא-Dyota.  A different reason for arguing the Egyptian origin is the common Egyptian names in the names of David’s scribes in 2Sam 20:25 where the name שוא/שוי appears and some identify it as Egyptian.  This spiraled into an idea that David’s court had Egyptian officials who worked for him, but this has very little support.

Sources:  Introduction to Biblical Literature, Ra’anana 1989; Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew, Bar Illan 2007; A dictionary of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, Bar Illan 2002


Photo Attribution: By Poulpy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Originally Published:  2 May 2016

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