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Motke: The town of ܥܡܐܘܣ or 'Emmaus (Luke 24:13) and the Islamic historical tradition

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Feb 27, 2020 at 09:04

This is from an old post and you wrote:

> There was a Jewish town /ḥamat/,

حممات plural of حمام? No?

Notice we are told in the Islamic historical tradition that the etymology of the word عمواس is from الينابيع الحارة or The hot springs! Which is just untrue.

I urge any Arabic speaking reader to provide us with more information as I was not able to find any more information.

>whose name was gradually mangled, by conquerors, to /amat/, /amas/, then "Emmaus", and finally the Muslims conquered it and, lo and behold, mangled the name further, to عمواس. Ironically, Arabs nowadays use this bygone town as an example for "Israeli colonialism".)

Well, if you check the Peshitta (Syriac/Aramaic NT) you will find it mentioned in Luke 24:13 and the name of the town in Aramaic is ܥܡܐܘܣ or عMMAUS or 'Emmaus which is clearly the source of the Arabic name. The name clearly pre-dates Islam

However, the fantasy of the Islamic historical tradition kicks in. So we are told that there was an outbreak of al-Ta'oon الطاعون or the plague and this was during the time of Omar al-Faruq the third Khalifa (a character that most likely never existed) and many of his followers died!

But again the Islamic historical tradition is detached from the pre-Islamic past

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