Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We all know that word – anyone who pays attention to the news at all knows that HAMAS is a terror group, one that’s been especially effective in killing Jews as a means to eliminating the State of Israel.
Hamas cane into being in Egypt in 1928. In the beginning, they were a social and religious group, although four of their members took credit for the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat – because he entered into the Camp David Accords with Israel. Any agreement with Israel – even the lopsided one favoring Egypt that Jimmy Carter’s deal was – is seen as anathema.
For all of us Middle East watchers today, we know what Hamas represents – death and destruction.
But do you know what the word itself means?
This is amazing. The word HAMAS, in both Hebrew and Arabic, means the same thing:
“Hamas is the act of unjustly seizing somebody else’s property. … plundering, extortion, property seized unjustly.”
There’s a book you’ve simply got to read – “Coincidences in the Bible and in Biblical Hebrew” by Prof. Haim Shore, a professor of Industrial Engineering, who uses his knowledge of mathematical proofs as a means of analyzing words in the Hebrew Bible.
The book is on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Coincidences-Bible-Biblical-Hebrew-Shore/dp/059540779X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254719071&sr=8-1
Prof. Shore’s book blows you away – watch for a Jerusalem Post interview with him that will appear – ble neder – on October 16 in the JPost Metro magazine.
The “coincidences” he lists are both numerous and compelling, to the point that you can’t help but see that perhaps they aren’t “coincidences” at all, but something quite different.
Prof. Shore delves into these oddities for over 300 pages, but let’s just look at one word he writes about: Hamas
The first mention of the word ‘hamas’, Prof. Shore notes, is in Genesis 6, the paragraph that describes the reasons behind the great flood.
“The earth was corrupt before G-d, and the earth was filled with hamas. And G-d looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And G-d said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with hamas because of them, and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
The word appears again and again. Here’s a few more Prof. Shore cites:
“Their acts are acts of iniquity and the spoils of hamas is in their hands.” Isaiah 59:6
“Thus said the Lord G-d, Enough now, presidents of Israel, remove hamas and robbery and do judgment and justice” Ezekiel 45:9
"A man of hamas would entice his friend and lead him astray” Proverbs 16:19
Interesting, isn’t it, that the name of contemporary Israel’s most lethal enemy was already named in the Bible?