Origin of English word HAREM

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English Word

HAREM

Edenic Word

[K]HayReM

Hebrew Word

חרם

Transliteration

Het-Resh-Mem

Pronounciation

HAY-REM

Conversion

[HRM]

Meaning

a devoted thing, declared taboo, banned from secular use, consecrated for holy use

Roots

Of course HAREM is borrowed from the Arabic, but harim means a prohibited place or thing - not simply a Moslem chieftan's wives and concubines or the seraglio where they live. The HAREM was so off-limits that only a eunuch was allowed inside.

Arabic harama (to forbid) is precisely like   חרם [K]HayReM (to ban, excommunicate, place in protective custody). The verb and noun   חרם   [K]HaReM forms appear in Leviticus27:28 - "a devoted thing...to devote." The least inaccurate translation of the same term in Deuteronomy13:18 is "declared taboo" in Aryeh Kaplan's LivingTorah.


Branches

Letter play allows [K]HaMOOR (strict) and  KiROOM (skin, membrane, crust –see CHROME) to be seen as related words of protective custody.


Bible Verses

Leviticus 27:28 אך־כל־חרם אשׁר יחרם אישׁ ליהוה מכל־אשׁר־לו מאדם ובהמה ומשׂדה אחזתו לא ימכר ולא יגאל כל־חרם קדשׁ־קדשׁים הוא ליהוה׃

“Notwithstanding, no devoted thing, that a man may devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, whether of man or beast, or of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD.”


Strong

(2764)

Related Words

TABOO



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