the Greek for love, has no assigned Indo-European root. The mythological Cupid figure
is named Eros, but words predate names. According to an ancient song,
first comes love, then comes marriage.
1. ארש Aleph-Resh-Sin (later ס Samekh)
means to betroth (Exodus 22:15) or desire, request (Psalms 21:3). Akkadian ereshu
is to desire; and erisu is a bridegroom. ארס ARa$ is to betroth; AROO$ is a bridegroom; the word for bride
adds a Hey to mke it feminine. Arabic arus is a bridegroom, and arous
is a bride.
2. Because Greek os may be a suffix, we should consider a
second path to Greek eros, love, English EROS or the adjective EROTIC.
A more physical path to EROTICISM is the ער Ain-Resh of arousal and
love-awareness in Songs 2:7. עור [O]oWR is to strip (Isaiah 32:11), עור [O]WR is skin (Leviticus 13:2) and ערוה [E]RVaH is the flesh of nakedness (Exodus 28:42) .
More ער Ayin-Resh at CORIUM and ORIENTATION.
The Swahili bride is bibi arus, arusi is a wedding. But remember that Swahili, as a
trade language, has much Arabic. Lovely in Japnese is airasii. Even
if one is angry at Cupid, one should not presume that ERe$, poison, is a
built-in synonym of EROS. ERe$ is post-Biblical, and should have contributed