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Anyone know of any information on the etymology of nTr

 
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yandiel
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:48 am    Post subject: Anyone know of any information on the etymology of nTr Reply with quote

Anyone know of any information on the etymology of nTr - god/God?

I have yet to find anything resourceful except for a few Arabic etymologies that are either clearly borrowed from Egyptian or do not appear to be related whatsover.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine points on this question to Eric Hornung : "Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt - The One and the Many" (1982).

In the original publication in German (Der Eine und die Vielen, 1971) Hornung writes - after discussing various proposals for the etymology - on page 39 :
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... Wir können uns kaum der Einsicht entziehen, daß sich weder Etymologie noch 'ursprüngliche Bedeutung' des Wortes "netjer" klären lassen ... (... We can hardly escape the insight that neither etymology nor 'original meaning' of the word "netjer" can be clarified ...)

Greetings, Lutz.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you say 'etymology,' do you mean the historical development of the word? If so, there's a major problem there, insofar as we're talking about one of the earliest written languages there is-- there's no history to trace, because before that there was no history!

But if you mean descent into modern languages or relationships with possibly related words in other languages, that's more possible.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Montuhotep88 wrote:
When you say 'etymology,' do you mean the historical development of the word? If so, there's a major problem there, insofar as we're talking about one of the earliest written languages there is-- there's no history to trace, because before that there was no history!

But if you mean descent into modern languages or relationships with possibly related words in other languages, that's more possible.

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I meant in relation to other languages. There doesn't seem to be any connection there. But I think also the palatal sound might have a lot to do with etymological connections because the root may actually be "nkr", or "nqr", or even some other combination.
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