Thursday, October 02, 2008

Hebrew


08-24-07 / Rejoice (גיל giyl, Strong's #1523): A very common song from the book of Psalms is This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (118:24). Rejoice is an abstract word, a Greek form of thought. The Hebrew word giyl, translated as rejoice in the above verse, is related to other Hebrew words like galgal [str:1534] meaning a wheel, galal [str:1556] meaning to roll and galiyl [str:1550] meaning a turning. Each of these words are related to "going around in a circle." From an Hebraic concrete perspective rejoicing, giyl, means to spin around in circles.(A good example of that is the circle dancing known as Davidic Dance, where people form a circle and dance together. This is done at most festival gatherings as well as to celebrate the weekly Sabbath)

1 comment:

More Elinor than Marianne said...

Cool! I didn't know that. Thanks for the little Hebrew lesson, Tina!

Have a great day,
Denise