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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2524 - חָם
1) father-in-law, husband’s father
1174) mh (ההמ HhM) AC: Heat CO: Cheese AB: ?: The pictograph h is a picture of a wall meaning "to separate". The m is a picture of water. Combined these mean "separate water". Cheese was made by placing milk in a bag made out of an animal skin. The bag was hung out in the sun and pushed back and forth. The skin of the bag contained an enzyme that when heated and shaken caused the milk to sour and separate into its two parts, fat (curds or cheese) and water (whey) . The whey could be drunk and the curds eaten or stored for future consumption.
Nf1) emh (ההמה HhMH) - I. Sun:The source of heat. II. Fury:An intense heat from anger. KJV (132): sun, heat, fury, wrath, poison, displeasure, rage, anger, bottle - Strongs: H2528 (חֱמָא), H2534 (חֵמָה), H2535 (חַמָּה)
V) mhi (יההמ YHhM) - Heat: Natural body heat as well as the time of heat when animals mate. Conception from an animals heat or through the heat of passion. KJV (10): (vf: Paal, Piel) conceive, warm, hot, heat - Strongs: H3179 (יָחַם)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
חָם [In Thes. referred to חָמָה unused root, to join together], only with suff. חָמִיךְ, חָמִיהָ m. a father-in-law, Genesis 38:13, 25 Genesis 38:25; 1 Samuel 4:19, 21 1 Samuel 4:21. The fem. is חָמוֹת which see. It follows the analogy of the irregular nouns, אָב, אָח, Lehrg. pp. 479, 605, 606. (Arabic حَم a relation of either husband or wife, Eth. ሐም፡ a father-in-law; ተሐመወ፡ to contract affinity, to become son-in-law; Sam. a son-in-law, also one espoused. It is thus evident that the proper signification of this word lies in the idea of affinity, and thus it answers to the Greek γαμβρός for γαμερός, a father-in-law, a son-in-law, one espoused, or connected by marriage, from γάμος, γαμέω. Nor is it in signification alone that these words correspond, but both are from the same stock, for both the Phenicio-Shemitic חָם and the Greek γάμος, belong to the wide-spread family of roots which denote the idea of joining together; such as אָמַם, גָּמַם, especially עָמַם, where more instances are given.)
(1) adj. hot, warm (from the root חָמַם), used of bread newly baked, Joshua 9:12 plur. חַמִּים Job 37:17.
(a) Ham, the son of Noah, whose descendants, -Gen. 10:620, are described as occupying the southern regions of the earth; this is very suitable to the name of their progenitor which signified hot.
III. חָם a name of Egypt; properly its domestic name amongst the Egyptians themselves, but however so inflected, that the Hebrews supposed Ham the son of Noah to have been the ancestor of the Egyptians amongst other nations. [This, of course, was the simple fact, if we are to believe what God has revealed.] Psal. 78:51 105:23, 27 Psalms 105:27, 106:22. The name of Egypt in the more recent Coptic tongue is written ⲭⲏⲙⲓ, in the Sahidic dialect ⲕⲏⲙⲉ; words which signify blackness and heat, as Plutarch observed, De Iside et Osir, vii. page 437, Reisk., and which is, according to their Coptic etymology, in which ⲭⲗⲙⲉ signifies black, ϧⲙⲟⲙ hot, or heat. [“In the Hieroglyphic language it is written with two letters K M.”] Egypt is so named likewise in the Rosetta inscription, in which this word occurs more than ten times (Lin. 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13), and is read by Champollion chmè, see Jablonskii Opuscc. ed. te Water, i. p. 404, seq. Champollion, L’Egypte sous les Phar. i. page 104, seq. Åkerblad, Lettre à Silv. De Sacy, sur l’Inscription de Rosette, p. 33-37.
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