Origin of English word THIEF

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







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The AHDhas no Indo-European “root” for catching the common THIEF.Webster’s offers Anglo-Saxon thefe, the bramble. Edenics would be too embarrassed to offer such a stretch, but one guesses that thorns might catch one’s clothes.

The older and more logical source is תפש TaFaS, to seize – Deuteronomy 4:17 or 22:28.  It is also in Jewish Aramaic. In Proverbs 30:9 it is specifically rendered “steal.”

   אסף A$ahF is to collect or gather   .

    תפס TaFa$ is the modern spelling  of  תפש TaFaS.

ת-פ    Tahf-Phey is the “grabbing hold” sub-root of  תפר TaPHahR, to sew together.  The second sub-root is  PHey-Resh,   פרורים PeROORiM  or crumbs, pieces, (see FRIABLE), or, reversing פ-ר   P-R,  the shards that have been  טרף  DTaRaF (torn or ripped apart)  – see TROPHY.          תפר TaPHahR, to stitch or sew together, then, is the grabbing hold of that which has  been torn or FRAYED.


Tet–Bet is largely evident among Germanic THIEVES : German dieb, Dutch dief, Danish and Norwegian tyv and Swedish tjuyv.

Latvian dabuo and tap,  to take, hold, seize, has been linked to Sumerian dab and dib, to hold, taske, seize.

The Hungarian tolva j and the Japanese nu subito (reverse TaFaS) may also be caught in a lineup of suspects. Also reversing  Tahf-Phey-Sin is tsivot,   number five for the Hopi Indians near Utah. As seen elsewhere,  Edenic “hand” words provide natural terms for the number five.

Only a dental shift away is  Polish dopasc,to reach, catch or overtake.  Greek klepto (as in KLEPTOMANIAC) and Modern Greek klef’tis have a dental-bilabial, but are closer to a more violent snatching,  טרף  DTeReF – see TROPHY.  Also see KNAVE.

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