Origin of English word SILVER

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There is no Indo-European “root” for English or Swedish SILVER.  As we go back in time with Webster’s etymons, note the varieties of fricative-liquid-bilabial: Anglo-Saxon solfer, Icelandic silfr, Dutch zilver, and German Silber. The German is honored mostly because linguistics was founded by 19th Century Germans.

A fricative-liquid-bilabial word of burning is   צרף TSaRaBH, to burn (Ezekiel 21:3).

The more common burning word is שרף SaRaPH (Numbers 19:6), used in metalworking.

The missing link that allowed the discovery of the Edenic source of SILVER is the Czech stribro (silver).ST in Indo-European usually indicates an Edenic Tsadi; the R reveals that the L’s above have shifted liquids; and the B indicates that any bilabial (B, F or V) will do.   There is no more appropriate Edenic etymon for this earliest

smelted and refined metal, than  צרף TSaRaPH, to refine metal. In Judges 17:4 Micah brings 200 shekels of SILVER to the TSOAReF (“founder” in KJV, “smith” in JPS) to make molten images. This Tsadi-Resh-Phey craftsman was working as a SILVERSMITH.


Close to the heat of our fricative-liquid-bilabial is   SaRaPH (to burn - Leviticus4:12)  – see  SAFFRON, SERPENT and SERF.  Czech silver allowed us to refine this entry, but the Slavic cognates are also close: Polish and Serbo-Croatian is srebro, while The Russian is serebro.     For Tsadi-Resh-Phey soldering together, see PARTNER.

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