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The word Gaza does not mean Sting!

Reader comment on item: Gaza's Not the Key, Philadelphi Is
in response to reader comment: The name Gaza is inaccurate anyway

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 12, 2012 at 08:17

Sara wrote

Hi DNM-

Hi Sara

If I am not mistaken, this entire discussion is based on the word Gaza,

Let me tell you what i told slayhy: The word Gaza has nothing to do with the Arabic word sting or las3a and it does not have anything with the root GZA as in puncture. Arabic dictionaries tell us that it is not an Arabic word and that it is from Syro-Aramaic via Phoencian and it means strong and this is indeed correct and here is a reference as there is no doubt in my mind that Syro-Aramaic is really the mother language of them all andc notice etymology 5

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[edit]Classical Syriac

[edit]Etymology 1

From the earlier uncontracted form ܓܢܙܐ (ganzā(ʾ)), from Old Persian *ganza-. Compare Persian گنج (ganj), Old Armenian գանձ (ganj), Hebrew גֵּנֶז (gḗnez), Ancient Greekγάζα (gáza), and Latin gaza.

[edit]Alternative forms

[edit]Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ɡazzɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA: [ɡazze(ʔ)] (plural)

[edit]Noun

ܓܙܐ m (emphatic plural ܓܙܐ)

  1. treasure, treasury
  2. (figuratively, Christianity) Eucharist

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[show ▼] declension of ܓܙܐ

[edit]Etymology 2

From the root ܓ-ܙ-ܙ (IPA: /ɡ-z-z/) related to shearing. Compare Arabic جَزّ (ǧazz) and Hebrew גֵּז (gēz).

[edit]Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ɡɛzzɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA: [ɡɛzze(ʔ)] (plural)

[edit]Noun

ܓܙܐ m (emphatic plural ܓܙܐ)

  1. mowing, shearing

[edit]Inflection

[show ▼] declension of ܓܙܐ

[edit]See also

[edit]Etymology 3

From the root ܓ-ܙ-ܙ (IPA: /ɡ-z-z/) related to shearing. Compare Arabic جَزَّاز (ǧazzāz) and Hebrew גַּזָּז (gazzāz).

[edit]Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ɡɑzɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA: [ɡɑze(ʔ)] (plural)

[edit]Noun

ܓܙܐ m (emphatic plural ܓܙܐ)

  1. mower, shearer (especially of wool)

[edit]Inflection

[show ▼] declension of ܓܙܐ

[edit]Etymology 4

[edit]Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ɡɛzze(ʔ)]

[edit]Noun

ܓܙܐ

  1. emphatic plural of ܓܙܬܐ

[edit]Etymology 5

Compare Ancient Greek Γάζα (Gáza) and Arabic غزة (Ġazza(t)).

[edit]Alternative forms

[edit]Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ɡɑzɑ(ʔ)]

[edit]Proper noun

ܓܙܐ f

  1. Gaza

but the actual name of the location, as mentioned in the bible and called in modern Hebrew, is actually Aza. I am not sure where the G came in, it would be interesting to look into.

Very good question. I do not have an answer here but I would love to read the masoritic exegesis of the Hebrew word Aza and this would be the clue

Here are some Biblical facts I found here: http://www.keyway.ca/htm2002/otgaza.htm

  • Gaza is one of the oldest cities in the world, mentioned specifically by name very nearly at the beginning of The Bible (Genesis 10:19).
  • It is also called Azzah, which is its name in Hebrew, meaning strong.

​And also Arabic dictionaries tell us that the word is not an Arabic word but an Aramaic word from Phoencian for strong

I hope I helped

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