Aner and Ander
In Response To: Re: The Aeneid Decoded ()


This is one of those "Black Athena" type word studies, although I don't think Dr. Bernal considered it specifically.

Aner was the young compatriate of Abram in Genesis. Strong's Concordance concludes the name Aner is "Amorite" because Aner is called an Amorite, but also relates it to the Hebrew word na'ar, "(a) youth, young man".

Of course, Aner is Greek for "man", from which the more recognizable form Andreas/Andrew, "manly" is derived. So, the name Aner could variously suggest a Greek influence at the time of Abram (wouldn't be shocking), or a Hebrew influence on the Greek language (also not surprising). The Indo-European root ner also means man, as well as sea (god) and north. So take your pick as to which derived from which.

The name Isk/Alex-ander recalls the Sumerian name of Horus/Adad, namely Ishkur. Horus the Younger was youthful like Osiris, but more of beloved "bad boy" than "good man".

Naarles Berkley
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