Origin of English word JOVIAL

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word



Yod-Hey-Vav + Hey






JOVIAL (jolly) is from Latin Jovis (Jupiter); JOVE is the c  hief deity in the Indo-European pantheon of gods. Yod-Hey-Vav-hey, YHVH or JHVH (Anglicized as JEHOVAH - Genesis2:4) is the principle Hebrew name for the Eternal. This name infers  the Eternal as “Is-Was-Will be”, and connotes the divine modality of love, mercy (and perhaps JOVIALITY).   It therefore may be merely a borrowing from Judeans (see below).


Biblical Jubal (see JUBILANT) might have been deified by those who associate the source of musical joy with the source of life.

JULY and JUPITER are official cognates in much the same way that the first syllable of Jehoram or Jehosaphat is from the JH element of deity.

More godliness at "DIVINE;" more jollity at JUBILANT.

The other common Hebrew name for the deity, as in Genesis 1:1, is also translated to mean (mortal) judges. It connotes the divine modality of judgement, and it numerically equals the word meaning “nature.”  It has a plural-like ending, as does the word for “water,” but the verb agreeing with this subject is always singular.  Both Aleph-Lamed-Hey-Yod-Mem (Lord) and MaYiM (water) are collective, or singular entities of disparate elements pooled together.

The likely borrowed deity name for  Cherokee Indians is Yohewah.  The Edenic word does not mean a deity. The word is easily  a borrowing from missionaries –  rather than a word preserved from Mankind’s shared past in Eden. How did American Indians get any oldder borrowed words from Judeans or Semitic speakers?  See  Shalom Goldman’s  Hebrew and the Bible in America: The First Two Centuries published in 1993 by University Press of New England.  The second section contains an article by Cyrus Gordon, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Near Eastern Languages at NY University, “The Ten Lost Tribes” pp. 61-69.  He discusses an 1889 Smithsonian Institution excavation  at Mound #3 at Bat Creek, Loudon County, Tennessee: Cherokee country.  Hebrew inscriptions were found to be Judean from about 100 C.E.  Three Judean coins were also discovered.  Noncoincidently,  in 1821 Sequoiah is said to have invented the Cherokee writing system.  While this was an anomaly perhaps involving a handful of seafarers, it must be admitted that some Edenic links (that are too strong)  are merely newly discovered borrowings. 

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