Charles, you wrote; "The name Judah is derived from a Hebrew root meaning "hold out the hand"." I do not know if I have ever heard of this etymology for Judah? What could be the significance of such a name? Could it mean "hold out the hand" and in a salute, like the reported hand signal of the Romans in "Hail Caesar", and the German "Heil Hitler", for example? Or would or could it indicate a hand held out for punishment, like a kid in Catholic School who had to hold out his hand so the nun or priest could strike or slap it? Or is it more religious like "hold out the hand" to God, as in the painting on the ceiling of the Cistine Chapel?
Or, what is your opinion?
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