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AN ETYMOLOGICAL AND ETIOLOGICAL ENQUIRY CONCERNING THE NAME OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH


This article holds the feature of being a ‘theo-linguistic’ essay on dealing with the etymology of the name ‘Yusuf’ in Arabic, ‘Yosef’ in Hebrew and ‘Yawsef’ in Aramaic through linguistic tools in a multidisciplinary way. In this respect, we believe that the attempt to determine the real etymological origin of the name ‘Joseph’ in the light of the available data in the context of ‘Prosopography’ research field concerning names of people and/or ‘who is who in history’ and to examine this particular name in detail as an anthroponym in terms of ‘Onomastic’ will provide an important scientific contribution and value to chronology of Holy Scriptures and their research (Tanakh, Gospels, Qur’an). In this particular, the Egyptian dynasties of the anthroponyms of Joseph, naming traditions in this period, the relationship of the Joseph prophet with the rulers and his activeness and effectiveness in this way will be discussed in the light of the data provided by Linguistics, History, Archeology, Theology and Mythology. We believe that the clues we will put forward through questioning how and under which conditions the name ‘Joseph’ stated in Holy Books and in general all the other names in those books were registered by clerks will hold the possibility of presenting naming conventions. In the light of the data we have built and the pedestals we have built based on them, we think that the names / names given to these Biblical-New Testament-Qur'anic personalities can provide important data in determining the period in which they lived and who they were in the real time. Besides, as it can be seen we hope to prove and demonstrate the naming and naming tradition in the Bible, known as special names, is intended to create, construct and construct a number of historical perceptions with the help of individual names in the context of 'events-fictions' and to make them stronger with mythological elements. We hope that the establishment of a special Onomastics Science in the books that are considered sacred, specially addressing individual names / personalities, will make an important contribution to the indigeneousness of these Biblical person(alitie)s. We think that it would be more appropriate for scientific purposes to maintain an ‘etymological’ research on the basis of ethnic identity or how one calls himself and to make determinations in ‘toponym’ made in the evaluations regarding the ethnic origin of the name ‘Joseph’.


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Iu, Yu, Yo, Yaw, Sif, Sef, Suf, Seph, Zeph, Zaph, Iusif, Yosef, Yawsef, Joseph, Ṣafnaṯ Paᶜnêaḫ, Ṣofnaṯ Paᶜnêaḫ, TṢafnaṯ Paᶜnêaḫ, Zafnaṯ Paᶜnêaḫ Psonthomphanēch, Etymology, Egypt, Exodus, Hyksos, Tanakh, New Testament Books, Qur’an, Prosopography, Onomastics, Toponomy, Ethnonym, Anthroponym.

Author : Mehmet Sait Toprak
Number of pages: 353-383
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