Bible Names N-Z : Nahash


Nahash in Wikipedia The word nahash is Hebrew for "serpent". According to Antoine Fabre d'Olivet, the proper translation from Ancient Hebrew of Nahash is closer to cupidity or original attraction.[1] According to Eliphas Levi, "The word Nahash, explained by the symbolical letters of the Tarot signifies rigorously: 14 נNUN.-The power which produces combinations. 5 הHE.-The recipient and passive producer of forms. 21 שׁSHIN.-The natural and central fire equilibrated by double polarization. Thus, the word employed by Moses, read kabalistically, gives the description and definition of that magical Universal Agent, represented in all theogonies by the serpent;"[2]

Nahash of Ammon in Wikipedia Nahash was the name of a king of Ammon, mentioned in the Books of Samuel. In the surviving account in the Bible, Nahash appears abruptly as the attacker of Jabesh-Gilead, which lay outside the territory he laid claim to. Having subjected the occupants to a siege, the population sought terms for surrender, and were told by Nahash that they had a choice of death (by the sword) or having their right eye gouged out. Somehow (the passage not explaining the difficult accomplishment) the population obtained seven days grace from Nahash, during which they would be allowed to seek help from the Israelites, after which (if the help didn't arrive) they would have to submit to the terms of surrender. In the account, the occupants sought help from the Kingdom of Israel, sending messengers to Saul, and he responded by sending an army that decisively defeated Nahash and his cohorts. The strangely cruel terms given by Nahash for surrender were explained by Josephus as being the usual practice of Nahash. A more complete explanation has more recently come to light; although not present in either the Septuagint or masoretic text, an introductory passage, preceding this narrative, was found in a copy of the Books of Samuel among the Dead Sea Scrolls[1]:...