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Matt wrote at 2008-05-30 11:07:31
Mr. Wong,

 I'm ever so sorry, but Mr. Aiden's answer is incorrect.  

" The place name Jerusalem (pronounced "yerushalaim" in Hebrew) is a combination of two words. The first is "yeru" meaning "flow". This word has several applications such as the flowing of water in a river, the throwing of something as being flowed out of the hand or as the flowing of a finger in the sense of pointing out the way one should go. This last use is the use in the name yerushalaim. The shalayim is from the word shalam meaning complete and whole (the word Shalom is also derived from shalam, while it is usually translated as peace it more means to be complete or whole). When these two words are put together they mean something like "pointing the way to completeness". "

Excerpt from "Biblical Hebrew Magazine".  

All the Best,


felonious monk wrote at 2008-07-28 01:05:58
Jerusalem does NOT mean "city of peace". This is an often repeated mistake in translation. The name is not even Jewish or Hebrew in origin. It was originally a Ugaritic (in modern-day Syria)name that meant "city of Salim". It was dedicated to the Ugaritic god Shalim (salim or Shalem) who was the God of dusk, twin brother of Shahar, the God of dawn. The original spelling was something like Ursalimmu or "city of Salim".

Like many other parts of ancient Hebrew history and modern Jewish culture, this name is also "borrowed" from another culture and made into a so-called Jewish thing. Most of the Old Testament is a similar act of plagerism.  

arrow_for_god wrote at 2009-12-31 02:33:14
Some varied answers above!  The best way too get an answer is to research the word using various tools like lexicons, concordances, etc. I did so... and my "best answer" is : a completeness, and wholeness, brought to a full end - to a rest - after completion of a path, a journey - bringing one along (with a specific direction and purpose) so that the rest achieved lacks nothing.

Rivka wrote at 2015-03-02 23:04:55
My Hebrew teacher in the late 1960's, a Rabbi, said Jerushala'im means : Jerusha=Heritage and la'm=lahem in modern Hebrew=to them, so translated it means : THEIR HERITAGE.


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