Anyway for all and all, I have to say that the 2 books I have read (Book#1 and Book#2) only left me more depressed about my homeland than I was, maybe the Etruscan book would be make me feel better.
But I have got alot of cool info from all the recent days readings:
- Byblos was the Greek name for Jbeil ( I lived near Jbeil for a while and I totally loved this awesome city). Many people love to refer to Jbeil as Byblos, as a sign of singularity. I always thought it would be the Phoenician name for the city, how could I be so STUPID! The name is so obviously NOT phoenician, it's not semitic, we never end names with IS OS US or anything like it... And besides, Byblos is obviously related to books (biblio-) in fact in greek it simply means Books.
The Phoenician name for Jbeil was Gubal which is obviously the origin of the curent name Jbeil, I am not sure if an American/European reader would notice the connexion but for me it's very obvious because in Arabic G and J are very related to each other, in Syriac/Aramaic the third letter of the alphabet, Gomal, is pronounced G (it can also be pronounced differently, غ, but that sound has no Latin equivalent). In the Hebraic alphabet the third letter is Gimmel pronounced G (maybe Shlemazl can correct me if I am mistaking, my knowledge to hebraic is very limited, I never even finished memorising the alphabet). Now in Arabic however it's even cuter the third letter of the modern alphabet is ت or T but there is the an old, unused, way to put the letter in order, the أبجد هوز system, in which the third letter is the ج. No that's not the interesting part, the interesting part is that this letter is very differently pronounced around the Arab world, while we in Lebanon pronounce it as the French J, the Egyptians pronounce it like G and in the gulf it's like the english J, or maybe DJ lol (gulf people are weird haha).
All this to say that J and G are related in the Arabic Language.
- The head of the Phoenician Gods wasn't Baal (the latter being the strongest of all Gods), the God of all Gods was EL which is the origin of the word EEL that means God in Aramaic/Syriac, that's where the names Michael (Micha Eel: who's like God) , Gabriel (Gavro Eel: God's Man), Daniel (Dani Eel: God's Judgement), Samuel (Samoo Eel: Who's dedicated to God) and Ismael (Shmo Eel: God has heard; The transliteration of this word is difficult because of the absence of certain sounds in Latin). This is interesting because the Bible kept the name of Baal as the Phoenician God, often associating him with atrocities and demonology, the church kept that legacy to the point where Baal is an official Devil now, but hey Pazuzu remains the cutest Devil, right?
- Away from Phoenicians and there names and stuff, I discovered the meaning of the name Rebecca, apparently it's Hebraic (or maybe derives from the Hebraic) for Together. Now I knew about Rebecca being Isaac's wife or something like that but I was interested to know the meaning of the name. As for the other origin of my name because in fact, Rebecca wasn't officially supposed to be my name, I was named after my grandmother who's name was Rafqa, Rafqa being a local saint, she was declared saint in 2000 and when the file was first opened her name was transliterated to Latin by the name Rebecca, probably because the two names were related or something, because from what I heard Rafqa is an Aramaic name meaning Good company, my source here is my dad who actually learned Syriac for 6 years in school (he used to learn 6 hours of Syriac, 6 hours of French and only 2 hours of Arabic lol), in addition the Arabic word رفقة means company. All three words are close enough to derive one from the other. But the Arabic version of the Bible, the one I had read of course, called Isaac's wife Raheel راحيل, which is transliterated I think to Rachel and not Rebecca, which is confusing!
Wow, this was probably as close as possible to my own taste and to the line of thinking that I love the most, I am almost 99% I bored you all to death.