Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Hebrew noun אח (ʾaḥ, pronounced AḤ with the final letter ḥet emphasized with a guttural 'kh' sound) means "brother." For instance, in Genesis 27:11 Jacob says: "Look, my brother (אחי) Esau is a hairy man." The noun אח (ʾaḥ) can also implicate the presence of a broader "kinship" or "brotherhood" connection between individuals, as can be seen in Exodus 2:11: "One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people (אחיו) and saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsfolkאחיו)."